I Had An Epiphany

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I Had An Epiphany

Postby Reuben » Sun May 31, 2020 2:40 pm

So after reading and rereading that insufferable rule that your first 500-1000k are practice, I realized that maybe, just maybe, becoming a professional writer won't be so easy. Then I had an idea. If I wrote 1000 words every day, then in two years I'll have significantly over 500k words! That wasn't my epiphany, though. My epiphany was far, far more epiphany-like than that.

This was it, and I tell you, it's a whopper. My epiphany was that if I doubled that to two thousand, then in only one year I'll have reached my goal. Genius no? I came to this after writing 2,500 words today and saw that it was possible. I decided that I'll post this for posterity, and maybe, just maybe, someone else will want to join me. It's not that I haven't written anything before, but here's a new start.

I seriously don't know why I didn't think of this before. wotf007

This was my idea in specifics: 2000 words, six days a week, (I don't write on Saturday) with a little leeway between days, plus 500 free. That is, 11,500 words a week. Multiplied by 52, you get 598,000. (Easier than nanowrimo, only around 48,000) If I want to hit 600k you have to do extra credit.
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I understand that obviously you don't get to be a professional just by writing random words on a paper, but my problem is sitting down for a significant period of time, and then, when getting up to a stopping point, keeping on going. My plan for going through with this is by doing KYD exercises, writing short stories, doing other random exercises, and then, when I get to be better, writing a novel. So if anyone is interested, (not that I expect you too,) please post on this thread. I'm going to start for myself in the beginning of next week.
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Postby RSchibler » Sun May 31, 2020 3:42 pm

I’ve always heard it as your first million words — Jerry Pournelle said “your first 500,000 to one million words”, Heinlein is attributed as saying “Your first million words are [beep]” and I’ve heard it from other places as well.

I think the more important point is that our first efforts are going to be beginner’s work. I like the piano analogy: You wouldn’t start playing the piano and expect a gig at Carnegie Hall in six months, yet writers get frustrated that we aren’t selling when we’ve written two stories. We have to master our craft, just like anyone else.

I’ve tracked my word count (of new words only, not edits) since I began writing in January of 2017. As of today I’ve written 540,000 words. If you do the math, that’s about 400 words on average a day. I sold my first pro pay story in October. So yes, it is possible. Just keep writing, make it a habit, make it a routine.
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Postby Henckel » Sun May 31, 2020 5:57 pm

I love the enthusiasm! Rock on.
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Re: I Had An Epiphany

Postby Reuben » Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:17 am

Thanks for the encouragement, everyone!

RSchibler wrote: I think the more important point is that our first efforts are going to be beginner’s work. I like the piano analogy: You wouldn’t start playing the piano and expect a gig at Carnegie Hall in six months, yet writers get frustrated that we aren’t selling when we’ve written two stories. We have to master our craft, just like anyone else.

I’ve tracked my word count (of new words only, not edits) since I began writing in January of 2017. As of today I’ve written 540,000 words. If you do the math, that’s about 400 words on average a day. I sold my first pro pay story in October. So yes, it is possible. Just keep writing, make it a habit, make it a routine.


I totally agree, although I suspect that your average of 400 is only because there were many days that you didn't write. My best writing comes from days when I wrote at least 1000 words, and I suspect that this is the case for others as well.
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Postby RSchibler » Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:58 am

Oh definitely- that’s just an average. I shared that to point out that 400 words a day isn’t an overwhelming goal and it will still get you 500,000 words in just a few years. I tend to write 4-6 days/week.
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Postby Wulf Moon » Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:09 am

RSchibler wrote:Oh definitely- that’s just an average. I shared that to point out that 400 words a day isn’t an overwhelming goal and it will still get you 500,000 words in just a few years. I tend to write 4-6 days/week.


Heh-heh. I have a Super Secret coming up on this topic. You're on the right track, Reuben. My only suggestion is to make sure any goal you set is always within reach, not outside of it, so that it pushes you without discouraging you. We want reachable goals, whatever that means for us.

Writing on set days and having target word counts will certainly help.

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Re: I Had An Epiphany

Postby Pumpkin » Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:39 am

It does sound like a great idea but I’m not sure if I have enough ideas to write so many words in a day. I must start describing all the objects in my house, but I feel like I might run out of objects :D
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Re: I Had An Epiphany

Postby nreavis » Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:13 am

Pumpkin wrote:It does sound like a great idea but I’m not sure if I have enough ideas to write so many words in a day. I must start describing all the objects in my house, but I feel like I might run out of objects :D


Try pulling up a random image in google and write a flash fiction piece based on it. You'll hit a target word count easy :)
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Postby Wulf Moon » Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:16 pm

Pumpkin wrote:It does sound like a great idea but I’m not sure if I have enough ideas to write so many words in a day. I must start describing all the objects in my house, but I feel like I might run out of objects :D


Every Monday morning we provide an SFF tailored prompt in the Super Secrets' topic. There are also prompt lists on the web.

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Re: I Had An Epiphany

Postby Pumpkin » Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:26 pm

Ah yes, of course! Prompts and google! I forgot they exist, it must be the lack of sleep.

Thanks nreavis, wulf
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Re: I Had An Epiphany

Postby nreavis » Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:50 pm

Pumpkin wrote:Ah yes, of course! Prompts and google! I forgot they exist, it must be the lack of sleep.

Thanks nreavis, wulf


I used to know what sleep was...
^ there's a writing prompt right there wotf001
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Re: I Had An Epiphany

Postby Pumpkin » Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:14 am

nreavis wrote:
I used to know what sleep was...
^ there's a writing prompt right there wotf001


wotf019 I will write that down in my accumulating pouch of things!
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Re: I Had An Epiphany

Postby Reuben » Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:07 am

Of course, you could always just aim for 500 a day, or 1000. The point simply is that even on days that you aren't in the mood to write or work on a story you write something. As a wise man once said "Write makes right." wotf011
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Re: I Had An Epiphany

Postby SimonP » Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:49 am

I love this! Dedication is key
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