Back when I was an undergraduate, I was still in the early stages of learning to be a writer. Part of that meant I was finally taking academic courses focused on workshop, critique, and writing fiction and poetry submissions. Part of that also meant keeping up my personal writing to get a novel done. Because, you know, you can’t sell a novel you haven’t written (usually, anyway).
I had a very encouraging friend. She told me to write maybe 100 words each day. And she had me email what I wrote, so she could hold me accountable. One hundred words doesn’t sound too scary, but being held accountable sure can be!
The challenge was a great arena for exploring ideas. And it helped that I’m a fast typer. When I sat down to get the 100 words out, it was more of a daily free write at the computer. Well, it eventually grew, so what I produced each day increased and my stopping point came later. Instead of word count, the goal became getting ideas down. Whether it was a dialogue exchange, a scene, or playing with my characters.
Eventually, I was able to type 1000 words in about 5-10 minutes. When this was mostly the habit, I decided to keep that as my new daily goal.
I did finish my first full-length novel by graduation.
But, revisions! That is a completely different process. Sigh…