Quote from Charmed episode “Chick Flick.”
Yesterday, I wrote 761 words. Today I haven’t written anything. Yet. But I intend to, don’t worry.
I’m the kind of person who remembers her dreams quite often. Some people haven’t remembered a dream in years. (Maybe you don’t know this, but we always dream. We just don’t always remember our dreams.) As I near the end of a holiday, I dream of school in a “I do NOT want to go back” way and I hate it. Basically, they’re nightmares. I wanted to say more about dreaming, but I started writing this an hour ago, so now I’m going to talk about something else.
Some writers create their characters in great detail before writing a single word of their 1st draft. Some have a vague sketch, name, age, hobbies, a few characteristics. Me? The way I start writing a story is that I get an idea or the beginning or a sentence and I write. Then I write more and more and more. Eventually, maybe only five hundred words later, maybe a thousand, I stop. No idea what to write next. That’s when I develop my characters. I decide what they look like, how old they are, but I don’t fill in a questionnaire or write a biography or interview them. I then keep writing and between 5000 and 10 000 words in I think of what could have happened in the main character’s past.
Mainly though, I don’t “create” the characters. I just write. The characters don’t come fully formed, but their dialogue is different enough from one another right from the start.
Half an hour later: I have done my 250 words. Man, it just gets easier and easier to write. I highly recommend the ___words a day Challenge if you’ve had trouble writing consistently. Start out small, like I did. 250 words is very doable. Also, I started during a holiday, so I had time to get used to it and enough time to write:
- Thursday 15th: 1st day. Goal achieved (GA) 250 words
- Friday 16th: GA 255 words
- Saturday 17th: GA 255 words
- Sunday 18th: GA 255 words
- Monday 19th: GA 300 words
- Tuesday 20th: GA 761 words
- Wednesday 21st: GA 333 words
I’m actually not certain how many words I wrote from the 15th to the 18th, but notice how the days I had school I wrote more? That’s because it got easier. I was worried going to school would slow me down or I wouldn’t write ANYTHING. Ha! I underestimated myself big time. Maybe next week I’ll be doing the 500 words a day Challenge. (See the right side of this page by the way for the Challenge.)
I recommend starting small though, if you’re young like me or very busy, that way you won’t disappoint yourself, but if you go over the goal you feel good.
Word count: 16 528/75000 = 22%
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