>If you write 750 words every day for a year, you’ll have written . . . [stops to calculate] . . . 273,750 words, which is WAY longer than a novel. In fact, it’s like 3 novels, almost 4. But 750 words isn’t very much. It’s about 3 double-spaced pages. You can do it! Hell, even I can do it. Most days.
I wrote 1000 words today, amidst everything else I needed to get done. It wasn’t on my novel though. It was on a book review I was asked to write (that I need to cut down some, so a few of those words will evaporate). But still. I wrote a bunch of words.
And the reason I even bring this up is that I just joined this website called 750 Words. It feels a little like NaNoWriMo, where you keep track of daily output for the month of November so that you complete a “novel” in one month. At this site, you write on the page provided, it keeps count, and you get points for having completed you daily total, a little pat on the back that is probably actually helpful–it’s more than you get if you’re just sitting in your room writing.
Anyway. Seems like a good thing. Check it out.
>Whenever I read about word counts I think of Hemingway's habit of daily counting the words he wrote. He says at one place that even though he'd like to write more, writing 400-600 words a day was a pace he was very happy with.
>Thank you! 750words.com has been inspiring me to meet my daily goals for the past four days. A similar, more agressive, fast-action version is Dr. Wicked's Write or Die machine, "Putting the 'Prod' in Productivity"–you set your time or word goal and if you fall behind on typing, the program plays obnoxious old disco. It's free, though there is a standalone version for $10. http://www.writeordie.drwicked.com/
Disclaimer: I've got no affiliation with that site besides using it and buying the standalone…just offering it up as another motivator. Thanks again