Today’s task is to write 500 more words. For a total of 1,500 words (over the past three days).
Usually, I would share another 500 words, but I’ve been in meetings this morning and don’t want to hold up your progress because of mine. I will get my 500 words down too, but it probably won’t be until later tonight.
The main purpose of this exercise is to show how short bursts of writing can add up in a relatively quick period of time. Let’s say you take 3 days each week to write 500 words per day. Over the course of a year, that adds up to nearly 80,000 words (or the length of a good-sized novel).
The trick, as with most writing-related tasks, is to sit down, do the work, and do it on a consistent basis. Over time, it adds up.
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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He has an interview (with some new poems) currently up at Poets and Artists (click to continue). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.
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