I’ve always wanted to write more whether it was in my journal, on this blog, or expanding on some of the story ideas I’ve had over the years. I probably have fifteen to twenty books on fiction writing and grammar. Many years ago I was into writing screenplays and I’ve probably started one short story or two that never went anywhere. Last year I even started a 50,000 word novel during National Novel Writing Month but after a couple of days got bogged down in my own stressful inadequacies as a fiction writer and quit.
At heart I don’t think I’m a fiction writer. While the idea appeals to me I don’t seem to have any burning desire to sit my ass in a chair day after day and put fiction words on a page. I get really stressed out and fight the constant “is it good enough feeling.” I don’t seem to have the same difficulty when writing non-fiction or computer code.
A couple of days ago, just to see what the answer was, I figured out how many words a person would end up with if they wrote 140 words a day for 365 days. The answer surprised me–51,100 words.
So I’ve decided to see if I can write 140 words a day. It can be in my journal, it can be in a blog post, it can be part of a short story, it can be a design document for a game. There are only a couple of rules:
- They have to be my words. Quotes or pictures (which equal 1000 words) don’t count towards the 140 quota.
- I can write more than 140 words a day but they don’t “add up,” i.e. I can’t write 980 words one day and be good for the week. I’ve got to write 140 words every day.
Off to a good start, 304 words.