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Writing a Word a Day

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Dec 30, 2009 11:01:40 AM

I must confess that I don't always feel like writing. Don't get me wrong, I love writing, but there are days I just don't feel inspired. On those days, I used to spend a lot a creativity coming up with excuses not to write. I know I'm not alone. I've talked to a lot of other authors and they experience the same kind of computer dread to which I'm referring. And when it gets the best of you, and you just can't drag yourself in front of the keyboard to pound out your words, the dread is quickly replaced by enormous waves of guilt. You feel as though you're sabotaging yourself.


I struggled with this for years until one day I stood at my office door and stared at my computer from a far. All I saw was the 1,000 words a day goal I had set for myself. It was daunting. I knew if I didn't hit my self-imposed quota I would feel like a complete and utter failure. I made a deal with myself right then and there. The 1,000 words a day quota was no more. I promised myself that I would sit down at the computer every day from here on out, and my only obligation was to write one word, one tiny little word. It seemed absurd at the time, but the computer dread immediately lifted. I sat down in my chair and I wrote that one word, and then another, and then another. I actually wrote over 1,000 words. Since then I have had days where I've done close to 1,500 and other days where I've only done 250 words, but I haven't missed a day. I've rid myself of the guilt of not writing. The dread is gone. If I can't drag myself into my office to write one word, it's time for me to find another passion.


I used to espouse the need to crank out 1000 words or more a day, and I did my best to "make" myself practice what I preached. But the minute it became a chore, I killed the creative process. I believe this new philosophy has made me a better writer because I'm not forcing pages just to meet my quota. Feeling computer dread? Can't drag yourself in front of your keyboard to write? Commit to one word a day. I think you'll find that words are a lot like potato chips. One is never enough.



Richard is an employee of CreateSpace and an award-winning author.

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Dec 13, 2017 7:29 AM Kolkatan    says:


        I am from West Bengal/India. We, in this part of the world feel very fortunate by having our 19th century great ascetic sage: Shree Ramakrishna Paramhansa who was a great devotee of Goddes 'Kali'-- the epitome of 'Shakti' (power) or the most primitive energy or, else : female energy. I refer of the great sage in this regard because 'He' used to describe the most complex nuances or teachings in such a simple language that people wondered how it was possible to simplyfy such complex problems in such a lucid as well as simple way!

                                                                     Mr Richard-- you have perfectly touches the chord what every human being under the sky feels in some way or other in a given day; but the solution which you have mentioned is really awesome to be honest--such a simple solution of this kind of practical snags is really marvellous. I feel myself honoured to be the first among ones to write a comment, and I wonder why it was so after such a long time!

                                                                                             I am the title-holder of my two e-books here: (1) Memoirs of a City (2) Mystery at Rajnowagarh. My next one is in half way stage. You are an award-winning and estalished author; in this regard I solicit your best advice to me.

Yours truly,

Manaj Banerjee

Dec 14, 2017 9:38 AM raulcibeles    says:

Interesting write up. I am a firm believer that the small things add up, so I will give this a try and report back.