How to Set Reasonable Word Count Targets for Your Writing

How to Set Reasonable Word Count Targets for Your Writing

How to Set Reasonable Word Count Targets for Your Writing If you’re anything like me, you tend to be a little ambitious with your word count targets. Often, you wake up in the morning and think, “It’s going to be a 5000-word day.” Then by the time your writing session is over, you’ve got maybe 500 words on the page and you’re thinking, “What the heck?” Earlier this year, I decided I was going to write an average of 1,000 words per day for a beautiful grand total of 365,000 words. My plan was to write quality words for fiction rather than focus purely on quantity, and that would allow me to produce better first drafts. This goal is definitely achievable. But by the time I started with the goal, I was already 30,000 words behind. A few other things popped up and I derailed even further. Now, in order to reach my goal by December 31st, I have to write an average...
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3 Simple Tips to Finding a Quiet Place to Write

3 Simple Tips to Finding a Quiet Place to Write

3 Simple Tips to Finding a Quiet Place to Write Books Do you need peace and quiet when you write? Some quiet place to write your books so you can focus and get into the writing zone? I know I do. I work best in my office, alone, with the door closed. And if you're anything like me, you need peace and quiet to get any writing done, too. For me, I haven't had much experience working around others or in chaos, and I haven't been in a position where I needed to make a chaotic environment work. If chaos occurs, I can just put my writing dreams on hold. No biggy, right? After all these years, I really wish I had worked harder at getting the writing done. But that's neither here nor there. I can't go back and change the past. What I can do now is move forward toward my writing goals and secure a happier present and future for myself and everyone...
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3 Reasons Writers Aren’t Taking Their Novel Writing Projects Seriously

3 Reasons Writers Aren’t Taking Their Novel Writing Projects Seriously

3 Reasons Writers Aren't Taking Their Novel Writing Projects Seriously Not enthusiastic about your current work-in-progress? Have you ever set aside novel writing projects because they bored you to tears? Writing a novel is a long-term project and a huge commitment. Not only do we spend countless hours writing the thing, but we also spend more hours editing it and then marketing it. With all of the time it takes to produce a publishable manuscript, we have to love it. If we’re not in it for the long haul, all of our work and efforts will be for nothing. We’ll give up and set it aside. Some writers even quit writing altogether. So, what can we do to make sure we’re working on writing projects we love? We can do it by avoiding these reasons for why writers aren't taking their novel writing projects seriously… 1. Writing for the market. There’s nothing wrong with writing for the market, per se, but attempting to write a novel simply...
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