To all my friends who are writers, or would be writers – please pay careful attention to this post. I know a lot of you want to write novels. I want to write a novel too. The thing is, we run into complications, right? We just don’t have the time or the energy or what have you to sit down and do it, to put the words on the page and get the job done. That’s what we tell ourselves at any rate. But you know what? Truth is, we make time for plenty of lesser things when we could have been writing. Take this post. This post has taken me less than fifteen minutes to write, and you less time than that to read. Oh, but it’s just a short post, right? It isn’t like writing a novel – it’s quick and dashed out and short to read and it really can’t compare. But its all words. By the time you get to the end of this post, there will be 350 words on this page. It took very little effort to put them here. Sure, during this time I could have been browsing stupid internet memes or playing some silly little game on my phone, but instead, I focused for an incredibly short amount of time and typed. Is this post perfect? No – but first drafts don’t have to be either. They just have to exist, to get your idea down on paper and give you something that is tangible, real, and more importantly, complete. Will it need editing? Yes, but there isn’t a book in the world that was written and didn’t. So what is the point of this all? 350 words is not a lot. But if you were to write 350 words a day, for five days a week, you’d have written enough words to equal the length of a novel in one year. One year! That’s just the words you see on this page. So stop bullshitting. You can do this.
And go read Chuck Wendig’s Blog, where this idea was started: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/02/20/how-to-push-past-the-bullshit-and-write-that-goddamn-novel-a-very-simple-no-fuckery-writing-plan-to-get-shit-done/