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skadder
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Challenge: write 500-1000 words per day every day.

If you manage hit the target crow about it on this thread. We don't want to know why you didn't hit the target--we just want to know who hits it.


I'll go first:

I wrote 1500 words in the last 24 hours.


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Was generally my goal, but as a policy rather than a contest.

Does revision count?


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Well, it's been said by many a person that, yes, I am a writing fool. Emphasis on fool.
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1500 words last night. 1200 words the night before (but each one sucked and suffered the wrath of the DEL key). About 800 Sunday night (no football game on).

I actually have a widget I coded for my Wordpress page that I can record my word counts in. It's meaningless, as word-count doesn't imply any kind of quality, but it does help me hold myself accountable in that I'm actually writing.

quote:
Emphasis on fool.

QFT.

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Time zones are bit out of step here so I'll post what I did yesterday

1200 words yesterday and the same the day before.

I try to average 1000 a day over the week and usually hit it, and often go over. On Sunday I did close to 4k.


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20,000 in the last three weeks. Sadly, though, I'm not sure what order I should put them in.
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766 words and going so far today.
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Past three days have been 500-750 words. I've discovered a new method to keep myself productive: Every time I sit at the computer I force myself to do 250 words. Doing a little bit at a time seems to be a lot less scary to my nonproductive self.
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I started coming in to work 2 hours early and I write from 7am to 9am before anyone else gets in.
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Almost 4000 words since Friday. Guess that qualifies me.
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Put in over 500, so far, and did a critique.
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1200 ish again yesterday.
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Did 500 exactly (I made sure).
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2300 yesterday, which is a good job because it looks like it might be a bit of a slow writing day today.

[This message has been edited by pdblake (edited September 10, 2010).]


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If you count revision, I did five hundred a day, but the five hundred I did yesterday finished the draft I was working on. Have to lay off today, too busy with all this real life stuff.
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650 words.
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500 so far.
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I write roughly about, on average, 3,000 - 4,000 - 5,000 words a day.

I wrote 3,456 words this morning. And I'm probably going to write more tonight.

I write, on average, 20,000 words a week. Sometimes 30,000 words a week.


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800 yesterday, not as much as usual but not too bad considering it was a busy day.
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Sick as a dog, but I'm almost done with a 3k story.
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Had one of those eureka moments yesterday. Wrote 1500 words on top of revisions.
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Zero. But I have been reading a 15k story and did a little editing on 9k story of mine--so that's work!
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I vote we keep this thread going. I plan to post here as much as I can remember, even if I don't make the limit (Though not posting excuses as to why)

It's helpful having people to report to at the end of a day, especially those within the same profession. Thanks for this, Skadder. The weekly one is nice, but a daily one allows me less room to squirm.

[This message has been edited by Gan (edited September 12, 2010).]


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Just found this thread. Cool thread. Why? Because I wasnt in the mood to write, and in fact the first 178 words took forever, ok thirty minutes, but man, thought it would never come, but the last 440 took only ten.

610 words for me.


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Wrote nearly 1000 words on Sunday, though some of them got cut on the immediate after-read. Had another great Eureka moment day.
Did a bit of editing and plotting, too.

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645 words today on my work in progress. A little concerned it might be stretching the piece out, but a lot of good stuff in the last 2 days I believe to work with, also wrote in intro to a new idea that called out of nowhere.
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1700 yesterday
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Nothing...finished the latest and rested.
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I have done about 1k of crits. I count that...
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Monday sucked. I wrote around 500 words, but most of them have been junked already. Very frustrating day, especially after having so many breakthroughs in a row. Oh well, such is how it goes.
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605 and counting. Another season, which equals a scene in my Work in Progress, only 3 more to go.
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3100 yesterday
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None yet. About 2,100 words yesturday, and then I worked on revisions for my short story, Injection, which I believe is really almost finished enough to start sending out.
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Such lovely timing. I haven't even been on Hatrack once this summer, nor have I written anything(lovely use of the word 'nor' if I do say so myself). So today, I wrote 1,274 words and came back here, where I find a ready made challenge to get me back in the groove. Skadder, you are amazing.
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715 words. Happy with these words though, almost done with first draft of this story.
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2600 yesterday
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Glad to have you back, unwritten. Glad to see you hitting the target.

Note to all: if you see your story cupboard is bare, i.e. you have nothing plotted to the point you'd like to start writing, then just pick a random character and start him off on some adventure, or put him an a dire circumstance (aboard a sinking ship, tied to the mast!) and see what happens to him. It may develop into a story (you never know) or it may prompt you with an idea for another story. Or take the character and have them interact with someone--make it someone he/she conflicts with somewhat. It may give you a little more depth to the character when you later use them.

Worst case scenario is you hit your 500 word target...

Get writing!

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Thanks skadder! I've really missed it here. I didn't realize it would be so hard to come back from taking a break. My writing muscles are all atrophied.
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I didn't write for about 9 months...I was doing a university course. I always find that the struggle to get back to my previous skill level usually means I end up better than before. I think that is partly due to the panic i experience that drives me forward.

I have in the past stopped writing for a month or two, while I decide what it is about my writing I want to improve. I then spend time dreaming up lines of prose that somehow incorporate these new ideals...when it feels as though it is starting to come together, I go back to the keyboard and begin typing


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Yeah. 652 words and first draft is done. Thanks skadder for the thread. I myself had been struggling to get fully back in the rythm for a long time. I dont want to miss a day on the thread.
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You're doing well. I did 550 words of weird little zombie story; it's not happening the way I wanted it to, so I may start again, but at least I hit my mark.
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1200 yesterday
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500 yesterday. Cut some older words today, to strengthen the story--this one has a 3k cap.
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2500 today
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started editing the first draft, but didnt want that to be it so wrote 713 on another story trying to finish before the month is out.

Edited: Make it 817 and I am off to sleep

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Not yet to the fool level yet. Only wrote about 200 words yesterday. But I do have a lot of time today because of the tropical storm in the neighborhood. Can't mow grass in the rain!
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1100 today, going really well this week, 12,465 so far
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605 and counting.
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950 today, 13418 for the week. Good week
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652 for me. This new story is flying right along. Hope to have first draft complete in 2 more days.
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