Write a Lot of Words and Feel Great
Writing a lot of words in a short time has become a trend these days. There are countless books out there which offer the key to being able to write your novel in 30 days or even 24 hours. Authors of these books are preying on the authors insecurity and need to compete in a fast moving world. Our desire to have at least five books out there by the end of the year or the over estimation of our capacity to produce mega-quantities of writing in the shortest possible time is perfect territory for some self-appointed know it all to offer the solution. If you want you can flip through the pages of Amazon Books and find an answer to almost anything, nicely wrapped up in a really cool book cover that is designed to make your fingers push “buy” buttons.
2,000 – 3,000 – even 10,000 words in one day is offered as a possibility. Imagine the results of this, you could write novelettes by the dozen every month, short stories at two a day and then whack that novel out in a couple of weeks. Wow! I’ll buy the book and then I’ll be a prolific writer and everybody will follow me and offer me book deals, just because I learned to write 10,000 words a day.
Be a Prolific Writer
“Prolific writer” is like a badge or a medal worn by great authors who were hard working. They honed their skills and became well read – learning from reading other great authors, and some crappy authors who show us how to make mistakes. These prolific writers are the real models that we should follow. We should practice our writing like they did.We don’t need to believe some guy who decided to do internet research and then compile a 20 page booklet about How to Write 10,000 words before breakfast. [bctt tweet=”Tweet this”]
Take a look at those great, prolific authors who have shown their mettle through hard work and great stories. Some of them would slave over a sentence all day and know that that’s how it is, that’s what gets a book finished. Others had their own way of doing it by writing 2.000 words and then cutting 1500 words just to find out what their story was all about. Those 500 words left over were the gems that they had mined from the dark caverns of their mind. Before they sat down and began writing that day, I’m sure, they would know that if they wrote about a single idea that was pertinent to the chapter or scene, they would find the gold they were searching for before the end of the day.
If you like, you can try writing 5,000 – 10,000 words today. Here’s the formula which I mined from the “Write fast Quick” books ; Sit down and focus your mind on your story (impossible, it’s too complex) , begin to hit the keys and let the thoughts in your mind spew onto the keyboard, watch as words pile up and gleefully bounce in your writing chair as you watch the word-counter on your software clock up numbers that begin to run into the thousands. Finish at 10,000 words. Pat yourself on the back and drink a coffee and notice how your mind is intensely focused on one fact only, that you wrote ten thousand words – screw the book or story, the quality and the choices that you made in your writing, you wrote 10,000 words and it wasn’t hard and you still feel sane. Amazing.
Now read it.
How do you feel. You can imagine, I’m sure, that it reads like the ramblings of a madman or just what it is, mental vomit.
The reason that most of us feel drawn to the task of writing a story is very human. It is following a great tradition that goes back to the cave people who had no internet or Facebook so they made up stories to entertain their families and friends. It created Face-Time where if you wanted to hear the story you would have to sit around the fire and listen to the story teller, you probably got offered a cup of tea or even a home brewed beer (back then Organic Breweries were all over the place).
A story could last ten minutes or it could go on all night – there wasn’t much to do at night time, so people listened to the stories – the story tellers usually told well known stories because even though they had the urge to tell their own story they knew that it would be weird. So they would tell a well worn tale about how Peter the Hunter killed the rampaging Mammoth and saved the villagers.
Real Fiction Writing for You
Today we tell the same stories. Instead of Peter the Hunter killing the Woolly Mammoth with a spear, it went to David killing Goliath with a sling, to the Shoot out at the O.K Coral and on to the stories of overcoming our foes of the modern world. The Detective finding the killer and dragging him by the heels into prison. Writing isn’t about how many words you get down in a day, it is about telling a really great story, simple or complex, to entertain your audience. You should learn to write how you write.
If you can write 2,000 words a day and it doesn’t cause you wasted time in re-writing and editing, then more power to you. The objective is to be yourself and find your own path as a writer. This is the only way to discover those wonderful tales of human life that will make your readers weep and laugh and make them think about their own lives.
I’m sure you get it now. I’m talking about what’s important, quality of writing goes before your word-count. You are a writer not a journalist, your dead-line isn’t today it’s at the end of the book. The end could be estimated by the way you write. Aim to write everyday and you are guaranteed to finish your book or short story before you die. In fact, you’ll finish it before the year is out unless it’s the Great Novel of the century.
How to write 10,000 words a day is a fools errand. If you want to be a writer then you have to work hard and face up to the person you are. That’s how you will understand and discover your own working methods and then you’ll finish the book or story and I’ll read it.