This is the first of several guest posts from my #1kaday comrades. As most of you know, a bunch of us have been engaging in a 1,000 words as day, or #1kaday, writing regimen since April 1. I plan on finishing the first draft of my second novel by then, but all of us are working on all kinds of things at all different stages. My first guest blogger is Michael Pallante. better known to us Twitter folk as @M_Pallante.
As a writer, I have a lot of people making demands on my ability to produce words on a schedule. As a journalist, it’s my bread and butter, and my editor demands 300-500 twice a week. As a blogger, it’s my platform, and I demand 300-700 from myself three times a week. As an author, my writing groups don’t demand, but secretly expect 1,000 words every day. All told, that’s well over 7,000 words a week. Of course, in the editing process I know that roughly 2,000 of those words will be axed and about a third will be completely rewritten. And this is all in addition to all my endless emails to editors, experts and the roughly 4,000 words a day I average on twitter.
So what’s with all this number crunching? Is it important? Well, with the exception of journalism where my weekly word count is intrinsic to the medium… No. The #1kaday challenge isn’t about number crunching and word counts. That’s for editors and tax men to worry about.
We’re writers. And sometimes its tough to be a writer. Motivation can sometimes be as hard to come by as rewards. Through #1kaday, we can find a support group to cradle us through the tough times and get down to the business of writing.
The most important thing I’ve learned through #1kaday is that 993 words counts. It does. The point isn’t to hit an arbitrary benchmark– it’s to produce something substantial every day. To flex your muscles. To practice your craft. To, quite simply, write.