February 25th, 2013

Lisa Coffee

A Virtual Kick in the Pants: 270 words a day

A writer friend recently shared a link to a blog post by Chuck Wendig that allows you zero excuses for writing a novel this year.  *Warning: this post uses "colorful" language that is not safe for work/school/non-adults.  Read it here.

The gist of the post is that if you want to write a novel, you have to figure out some way to write 350 words a day, Monday through Friday, for a whole year.  That will get you 91,000 words.  Wendig doesn't allow you to use any excuses to avoid writing those 350 words.

For a YA writer who faces shorter word counts (I've heard 60,000 to 80,000 is the sweet spot for a debut novel), you only need 270 words a day.  Not bad!

I shared the blog with Andrea and Nikki, and I've promised Andrea I'm going to flash her a "0" next time I see her.  That "0" will be for Zero Excuses (though Chuck uses a more adult phrase).

On my first morning of the Zero Excuses plan, I wrote 680 words on my smart phone.  Not too shabby.

Want to write a novel?  What's stopping you? Chances are that Chuck will tell you that excuse is crap.  Get writing.