Monday, September 7, 2009


One of the most important things any writer can do is to commit to their writing, to make it a priority. It's also a hard thing to do since there's so many things demanding our time and attention.
So…now's the time to make that commitment.

When we tackle a 50k novel during the month of November, the daily word count needed to accomplish this task is around 1,700. But, instead of starting with such a mountain of words, let's start with something easier to swallow.

Here's the challenge.

Pick a number of words you believe you can write each day. If that number happens to be 50, then write 50 words each day. Heck, if it happens to be 1, 10 or 100, write them. Make the commitment to write each day.

This isn't a race to see who can write the most each day, but a way to get into the habit of taking that time each day to make writing a priority.

When I put myself on an internet diet, I decided 500 was a reasonable number to work toward. I call it my "First 500" and once I get them done, anything else is a bonus. But if I happen to get distracted and only get those 500, then I'm done for the day and don't have to feel guilty about not writing.

So, pick your number. Let us know your goal and then check in each day and let us know how you are doing in the comment section so we can cheer for and encourage each other.


  1. Arg, if only I didn't have 7 tours this month. Pocket book loves it, creativity hates it. Thinking on possible word count...


  2. In the spirit of being accountable...

    My "First 500" = 788 this morning. I was hoping for more but I'm stuck in the mucky middle and have to come up with some conflict.

  3. Hmm, I like the roundness of 500. And no gaming until it's done! lol.

  4. See, now I feel bad because I never came back here yesterday. Even 500 seems a bit too much for me right now, so I'll say 100. If I get more, I'll be happy.


  5. Ok, for the sake of commitment I'm going to say 100 starting tomorrow morning and everyday I am able to be at the keyboard.