Words on the Page
For this week’s MFRW Blog Challenge and Hop, we’re talking about word count.
One thing is for sure: if you’re going to write a book, you need to get words on a page. But how many? How often?
One Author’s Rule
Author John Grisham just came out with some rules for writers, and one of them was that you should produce 200 words every day on your work in progress. That is a slow process for a full-length book!
But it makes sense. And if you set that as the low bar, you can work guilt-free through bouts of sick kids, visits from in-laws, and crises in the day job.
One of the hardest things in the world for me is getting that first draft on the page. I actually enjoy the editing, revising, and polishing processes, which take me forever…because getting the first draft down is excruciating.
I only have hard and fast rules about word count when I’m challenging myself to get the first draft out. I’m in the midst of one of those challenges right now, working on the fifth book in my Sons of the Spy Lord series. I’m shooting for 500 words per day, and so far not doing so well.
And so…I’d better get back to that book!
This is a blog hop, so hop along with my fellow MFRW authors and see what they have to say on this topic.
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