Mar 092010
 

I’ve set myself a ridiculously easy daily writing goal. I’m a little ashamed to admit what it is: 100 words. Yes, I know. I’m a breastfeeding mum; give me a break.

But it’s working. I can do 100 words even on a really busy day. I can squeeze it in somehow. And I’ve thrashed that goal almost every day this week. When I finish one thought I wanted to get down and see I’ve reached 180 words it’s only 20 more to 200. Perhaps the next thought takes me to 240. Oh, another easy ten words. But now 300 is within reach.

Perhaps next week I’ll make it to 500. But that’s not a goal; it’s just five easy bursts of 100 words.

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Elle Carter Neal

Elle Carter Neal is the author of the picture book I Own All the Blue and the teen science-fantasy novel Madison Lane and the Wand of Rasputin. She has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, holding childhood slumber-party audiences entranced until the early hours of the morning. Elle decided to be an author the day she discovered that real people wrote books and that writing books was a real job. Join Elle on her new publishing adventure.

  3 Responses to “Easy Does It”

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  1. I think this is a really good idea because it is so achievable. Setting targets of 1500 words or 3000 words can be off-putting and often means no writing is done at all. A brilliant strategy!

  2. How goes it?

  3. Ha, ha, Alex – you had to ask… 😉 I’m flat out writing the modules for Word 4 Writers at the moment, and much of that is done typing one-handed with a child on my lap (as is this comment now). Or trying to read Winnie the Pooh aloud at the same time. I should try this again, though.

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