Last year, I decided that my big goal would be to write one million words in a year.
I had three small kids to take care of, so I could 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 meant 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 it. 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: 365,000 words.
That’s 1,000 words per day. I can do that in 1-2 hours of focused writing. I can even wake up earlier on weekends and get my thousand words done. I won’t be limited to weekdays. Much more realistic.
The beauty of this goal is that I can break it up into 250-word goals throughout the workday. I can assign the 250-word blocks to different writing projects or different sections of one book. I can write a dozen 30,000-word books in a year.
The new year is almost upon us. It’s time to get working.
By the way, this blog post is 286 words. It took me about half an hour to write.