10k Words a Day

This week I decided to challenge myself to write 10,000 words a day.

I didn’t reach my goal yesterday, and left off at 8365, but that’s alright. I’ll pick up the slack and do what I can today.

I’ve never given myself a specific word count before, so this is very new to me. I’ve done page counts before, when writing by hand back when I was in high school (or when writing essays in university), but most of the time I focus on the story, not how many words are written.

The reason I’ve decided to try this out is because I felt like I had slacked off on my creative endeavors back in April. I want to try and be a little more discipline with myself, just to see how I respond to the change.

I have set up a few mini rules for myself aside from writing 10,000 a day.

Rule #1: Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you don’t reach your goal for the day, it isn’t the end of the world.

Rule #2: Take breaks when you need it.

Rule #3: Don’t add in unnecessary filler words to reach your word count. This isn’t an essay, it’s a novel.

Rule #4: Have fun like always. Enjoy your characters. Get lost in the story.

Hopefully today goes well. I have every intention of meeting my goal. I’m also tracking how many hours I’ve been writing, because I want to see how long it takes me to work.

I’m feeling good about today, so I’m off to get started. My plan is to take my breaks around meal times, and to try not to get distracted by social media (unless of course I get an email from work). I also plan on changing locations at some point, and taking time to write outside in my yard or go on a little walk. We’ll see.

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