On January 1st, I decided on my big goal for 2017. I would write one million words.
I have three small kids to take care of, so I can only work on weekdays. There are about 260 weekdays in a year if you also count holidays. To reach a million words in a year means writing 3,847 words per day on every weekday. I rounded up to 4,000 words a day.
I write at a pace of 500-1,500 words per hour, depending on how much I need to pause and think. For me to reach a million words in a year would mean doing nothing but writing for 3-8 hours every weekday of the year.
I began doing this. Three days and 10,000 words later I stopped. I didn’t stop because I couldn’t keep up the pace. I stopped because I realized that I wrote 10,000 words of utter garbage. I was focusing on quantity, not quality. It was the same reason why I quit NaNoWriMo after 12,000 words.
My new and improved writing goal
New writing goal: 455,000 words.
That’s 1,750 words per day. I can do that in 2-4 hours of focused writing each weekday. Much more realistic.
The beauty of this goal is that I can break it up into 250-word goals throughout the work day. I can assign the 250-word blocks to different writing projects. 1,250 words a day go towards writing a short 100-page book each month. 250 words go towards writing a longer 300-page flagship book each year. And the final 250 words goes towards writing in my blog or magazine.
I have a feeling that this plan will work out great. I commit to four hours of writing each day. Under this schedule, I can produce thirteen books, a regularly updated blog, and a monthly magazine in 2017. It’s time to get working.
By the way, this blog post is a little over 300 words and counts as one 250-word chunk. It took me about half an hour to write.