I have virtually no free time and so many big idea plans in my head of things that I want to do and add to an already packed schedule. Instead of making big grandiose writing plans of finishing a novel and winning the Hugo this year, I’m focusing small on my hobby writing.
100 words a day.
That frequently takes five to ten minutes. Or less if I have a good idea what I plan to write.
100 words is something that you can do while on hold waiting for a conference call to start at work or while the kids brush their teeth or before you fall asleep or while you wait in line or during a commercial break. 100 words is really nothing at all and barely worth doing.
100 words a day will get me about 3000 words a month pretty easily which would be enough for a rough draft of most of the short stories that I think up. 100 words also frequently turns into 150 when you finish out the paragraph or 500 when you hit a neat little groove. So it is completely reasonable to expect that to turn into about 4-5000 words a month.
Do that for a year and you have a short rough draft of a short novel. Or just a bunch of crappy sentences that count as practice while learning what it takes to right a battle scene or a conversation between a father and son or a political under the table deal or whatever you happen to be hacking away on with your writing.
So far it has gotten me over 1000 words in the last week on the details, details, details story I am working on.