Can you write 750 words a day

by TheHack on June 16, 2010

I think 750 is a pretty decent goal for a day. 500 seems to pass in a blink and 1000 seems to be rough. I frequently find myself grooving for 600-800 words and then burning out. No idea why.

I just found a website that will let you type the words in your browser and track how many words you wrote. Then based on how well you did that day it will give you points. The goal is to write 750 words a day. That’s cool enough in and of itself but it takes it one step further. It also considers how well you did the previous two days and gives you bonus points. So if you take a day off, you hurt your points that day and also the next two.

I didn’t sign up yet and I’m not sure if I will but the concept itself is brilliant. Making a game out of a solid but not too overwhelming word count goal is a great way to help people get some writing done everyday.

Have you tried the site? What did you think of it?

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Jody Hedlund June 17, 2010 at 6:21 am

For my last WIP, I started out with about a 800 word count goal per day. It seemed about right. Then during the last month of writing, I challenged myself to 1000 words a day. I think it’s good from time to time to give ourselves a push. But I also think some writers are slower writers than others, and that’s okay too! I put myself in the slower category compared with some who crank out 2000 words a day.

TheHack June 18, 2010 at 11:41 am

I tried NaNoWriMo a couple years back and made it through about a third before work overtime made me stop. I can’t imagine keeping that pace for more than a few weeks while still working a job. I would love to keep my goal for a few months and have most of the first draft done rather than hammering it for a few weeks and burning out.

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