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Having a writing lifestyle means
How many words can you write in a half hour?
When I asked my followers how much they wrote on their best writing day, one answered that she once wrote 2000 words in a half hour!
Seeing that, I tried to write for a whole half hour and check my word count at the end. It was only around 500. A little while later, I tried again and got 800. Every time I tried, the number increased. I decided to make a game out of it: every time I had a half hour free for writing, I would try to beat my best score.
I ended up writing an awful lot of words and spending much more time writing.
You can use a similar strategy. Pour your heart out into your word processor for half an hour and see what you can come up with. Then try to beat that number the next time you get the chance. Let me know if you ever top 2000!
Quite a few people complained about my “write in order” post by saying they had to write the scenes they were “inspired” for first. If they wrote in order, they didn’t get “inspiration.”
Here are two quotes from famous authors about inspiration.
There are several more of a similar nature. I follow the “if you only write when you’re inspired, you write as a hobby, not a lifestyle” camp. Don’t get me wrong, it’s wonderful when inspiration happens, but if I only wrote when I was inspired, I would get a lot less writing done. Plus, you can always force your brain to come up with ideas. Some people say it’s impossible simply because making your brain form new ideas can be really hard the first couple of times. Once you get the hang of it, though, it becomes easy to grab inspiration instead of having it come to you.
There are a lot of authors who write whichever scenes come to their mind first and then fill in the words to link those scenes together at a later time. I disagree with this standpoint, as it leads to repetitive and sloppy writing.
One of the people who writes this way is Stephanie Meyer, and it shows. When people complain about her prose, they’re most likely complaining about problems that arise from writing out of order.
Edward’s physical characteristics are mentioned a ludicrous number of times in every chapter. Bella is supposed to be mostly featureless so the reader can step into her shoes, but her features are also mentioned more often than is healthy. Some sentences are repeated nearly word for word at different times in the books, and concepts are often introduced more than once.
This is because the first time you write about something, you want to get every detail out. If you’re writing about an alien race, you’ll want to get their looks and mannerisms out of the way as soon as possible. The problem is, if you get all those details out in the first scene you write and you need to write an earlier scene featuring those same aliens, the readers won’t get a proper introduction unless you put all the stuff you already wrote in again. There’s a good likelihood that future edits won’t remove all of the repetition that comes from writing this way.
Also, though it appears fairly easy to start writing a story this way, it sounds like it would make finishing and editing the story several times harder. Best to just write in order.
When I was younger, I asked my dad why anybody would ever take up smoking. Everyone knew how unhealthy it was, after all.
He said that even though people knew it was bad, they also thought it was worth it to get a temporary pleasure. I had just spent half the day messing around on a Pokemon website, and he pointed out that I was doing pretty much the same thing by playing online. I was making whatever goals I had for the future less likely to happen because I wasn’t pursuing them.
If you want to be a professional writer, every second you spend doing other things (that aren’t necessary) is a second taken away from the future you want to have. The same thing goes for if you want to be a well-known fanfiction author, a great roleplayer, or any other writing-related thing you can think of.
Just something to consider.
I never thought I’d have to do a post like this, but it turns out more people than I ever thought don’t know these things! Here are the basics to keep in mind while you write. You can deviate from them if you wish, but it would be hard to write a good story without even knowing about these things.
I’m not going to post a tip tomorrow or Sunday because I want to focus more time this weekend on writing. Every time I get on Tumblr, I’m like a magpie in the land of shiny baubles. Hours of my time mysteriously disappear. It’s like they’re stolen.
In fact, tonight’s post shall be a prompt on that very thing. Write a detective story where the criminal is somebody who literally steals time. If you actually write something based on this prompt, let me know, because I’d love to read it!