A Thousand Words A Day

“I read somewhere that is was a good idea to write a thousand words a day. Virginia Woolf said it, and Kay Boyle…A thousand words a day. Another way to think of that is four pages. Four pages a day.” 
Carolyn See, Making A Literary Life

Do you have a set writing goal for the day? Or do you just sit at the keyboard or with a lined pad and wait for inspiration. Today I will most likely hit this goal…but everyday? Could you write a thousand words every day? What would that look like? What could you accomplish? This week I’m making it my goal to write at least a thousand words a day. What is your writing goal for the week? Now get back to work!
I just finished watching the 1999 BBC series Wives and Daughters on Netflix. I love period pieces and this was so well done that I’m thinking about the characters between episodes. Loved it!
The Writing Nag
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4 Replies to “A Thousand Words A Day”

  1. I basically just write whatever length it takes for me to get everything I want down. I don't write every day. I'm a binge writer and when I do write it's usually at least 1000 words a day, I'd say. Maybe less since I'm not writing school papers!

    I think 1000/day is a good goal. That way you'll get into the rhythm, working even when inspiration isn't there or has ended words earlier.

  2. A thousand words is a reasonable goal. If you think about it, it really doesn't take long to produce this many words if you are in gear.

    I've tried and tried to establish a daily routine, but with my schedule it's a hard thing to do. It is ever changing.

    I recently set a goal of 500 words a day and did well when my mornings were free, usually producing more than the set amount.

    I've given up on a daily routine. At the moment, I have a set goal of 500 words per sitting and get in as many sittings as I can thoughout the week. This seems the only way I can get any writing done. Because if I think of the large number of words needed, I will never sit down.

  3. I totally agree.

    I tried desparately to do 1000 a day and it was overwhelming. To the point of leading me to through out trash just to reach that goal. I let it go. Instead I focus on writing quality, give myself time to produce something that I would want to read. Writing everyday is what should be the focus.

    Valerie Furnas

  4. I like the idea of writing everyday even if what I write sucks at least I'm exercising a part of my brain that I tend to forget exist. It's a great goal to aspire to much like being on a diet or training for a marathon. Michela

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