If you are unaware of your own capabilities, you will become bored, frustrated, and angry at the slothful process. You can’t compare yourself to other writers, we are all unique. However, if you use this method, it takes much fear out of the commitment. Starting with the most amazing and difficult:
This is the formula you can use to monitor your progress and how long it will really take, before the anxiety sets in and you’re counting the years. Every one of these figures will take you to the 100,000-word mark.
50,000 words a day = 2 days
(I would like to speak with someone who can type this quickly. I need lessons)
25,000 words a day = 4 days
10,000 words a day = 10 days (1week, 3 days)
5,000 words a day = 20 days (2 weeks, 6 days)
3,000 words a day = 33 days (1 month, 3 days)
2,000 words a day = 50 days (1 month, 2 weeks)
1,000 words a day = 100 days (3 months, 1 week)
800 words a day = 125 days (4 months, 1 week)
700 words a day = 142 days (5 months)
600 words a day = 166 days (5 months, 3 weeks)
500 words a day = 200 days (6 months, 3 weeks)
250 words a day = 400 days (13 months, 2 – 3 weeks)
Even at the most slothful pace, you can still have your novel in less than a year and a half. Just a few paragraphs at a time will give you a completed work of fiction. It isn’t rocket science or nuclear physics, it’s writing. Plain and simple.
Don’t let your skill level stop you. We all want to be better writers before diving into a novel. Yet, we will never have improved skills until we exercise our writing. It goes in a circle, much like the old adage, “Which came first? The chicken or the egg?”
If your technique bothers you, don’t give it a second thought. You already have your technique. From the moment you first write, you already have a technique to writing. While you might be thrilled with it, or you might believe you need to improve, it is your style and technique.
No books or research can change what you already have. They might help you improve, or aspire you to become a better writer, but they won’t give you a certain style or technique. You have your own unique voice, and no other person alive will ever have that voice.
Laura Wright is the author of While I’m Dying and is a freelance writer/photographer for The Business Journal.