Achieve Your Writing Goal in Manageable Chunks

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 27th Feb 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Writing less on a daily basis can sometimes mean achieving more over a longer period of time.

Setting a weekly word count

Many writers spend time procrastinating, worrying about the big picture of the finished piece of work. A novel or similar sized project may seem impossible, considering the number of words needing to be written.
One way of overcoming this is to set a date in the future you'd like to have the first draft completed by. Have an idea of how many words your finished project may be, then establish how many words need to be written weekly in order to achieve that goal.
Goal setting is important, but remember, writing goals are mere guildelines, to help move the writing project forward. A word count falling short of the goal should not be considered as failure.

Break word count into daily chunks

A weekly word count still may seem a daunting task to many. I certainly allow myself to be overwhelmed at times, worrying that there are not enough hours in the day to write. Consequently, I've learned to break my weekly number of words down into smaller, more achievable chunks.
For the current project I'm working on, I'm aiming at writing 1000 words each week. I've managed to convince myself this is achievable by deciding to write about 250 words daily on four days during the week. At the moment it's easier for me to sneak the time for 250 words than it is to find enough time for 1000 words.
If I choose to write more on any one day, that is a bonus. If I fall short of the targeted word count, there are three other days during the week to make up the shortfall.

Planning ahead simplifies the process

Before starting to write the 250 words, or however many you've set yourself, it's advisable to brainstorm what you want to cover in that paragraph or snippet of writing. Thorough brainstorming allows a writer to include detail that may be passed over if prior thought isn't given to it.
Brainstorming has many forms, so choose what best suits your writing style. Ask yourself questions that will make the 250 words a more rich piece of writing. Being thorough at this stage will make the actual writing an easier task.
I often attack the brainstorm at various times throughout the day - while having a cup of coffee, driving in the car, hanging out the washing - times when my brain is free to think a little. If ideas can be jotted down in a notebook, all the better.
Rather than always thinking about the larger piece of writing, restrict yourself to that small chunk you wish to achieve each day.

Smaller, more focused chunks achieve more

Often writing in this way gives strength to the idea, less is better. Not only does your writing grow on a regular basis, but the quality has more chance of improving.
It's surprising how quickly a larger writing project proceeds when added to, one thousand words at a time.
If you're suffering from a lack of belief in ever completing your writing project, why not give this idea a go. it may be just what you need.

Other writing tips by Val Mills:
In Search of Good Sentences
Oral Story Telling as a Prompt for Writing
Why Choosing a Writing Site is Like Choosing a Hairdresser
The Writer as a Hunter and Gatherer


Avoid Writers Block, Beat Procrastination, Completing A Writing Project, Project Management, Time Management For Writers, Word Count, Writing Manageable Chunks, Writing Tips

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author avatar johnnydod
27th Feb 2013 (#)

Great tips from this published writer.
Good luck with your latest book Val "West End the Best End"

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author avatar Val Mills
27th Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks for that Johnny - I'll get something about the book launch written here soon. Your book will soon be on its way :-)

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author avatar M G Singh
27th Feb 2013 (#)

Nice post Val.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks Val for the tips. Step by sure step. Then we reach the goal eventually. We need to enjoy the journey too than just get too obsessed with the destination - siva

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author avatar Buzz
27th Feb 2013 (#)

Beautiful advice, Val. Thank you.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
27th Feb 2013 (#)

Very good advice, many thanks Val for this wonderful article...:0)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
27th Feb 2013 (#)

Excellent advice for the novice writer.

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Feb 2013 (#)

Good share Val. Thank you.

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author avatar Songbird B
28th Feb 2013 (#)

Always an educational article Val, packed with sound advice that is tried and tested..Great Star page as always..Congrats on recent book by the way!

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author avatar C.D. Moore
28th Feb 2013 (#)

Good advice. Thankyou

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author avatar Susan Jane
2nd Mar 2013 (#)

Great tips about Goal Writing in Manageable Chunks. This should inspire sometimes writers to get organised. Small goals achieved do more for the writer's spirit than large goals not achieved.

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author avatar Ptrikha
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Quite great tips. You seem like a very "Planned" writer.

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author avatar brendamarie
27th Apr 2015 (#)

great tip especially if you are working on a book

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