Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Habit

This post is for writers.

Everything we do is habit.

Everything.

From getting up in the morning, to eating, to exercising, to going to work, to being good friends, to being good parents, to being good spouses.

Everything we do is habit.

Writing is part of "everything."

Ergo, writing is habit.

It's difficult to form a new habit, but once you've got it, it's also difficult to break a habit.

Even modest goals will go a long way. Tonight, try writing 1,000 words.

Not that hard, right? It's literally four double-spaced pages. Four pages. That's all.

Now make that 1,000 words into a daily habit.

In three months you have a 90,000 word rough draft. (80k - 100k is the range for most genre fiction, excluding high fantasy.)

In a year you have four 90,000 word manuscripts. By year's end, two or three of those should be polished enough to either query agents or self-publish.

One year's work, four books.

Think about it.

All it takes is 1k words a day.

Slow and steady wins the race.

You can go really far on just 1,000 words a day.

Do I always get 1k words? Nope.

But let's assume I only hit my goal half the time. At the end of a year, I've written two books. In a few short years, of only reaching my goal 50% of the time, I'll build a sizable backlist.

Shoot for Mars, land on the moon as they say.

Habit wins the race.

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