30 Days, 50,000 Words

12/03/2012

30 Days 50 000 WordsDuring the month of November every year countless writers join together to write 50k words for a novel.  Some their entire novel is 50k, others it just scratches the surface.  The point isn’t to get published, it’s to get started.  The point is to crank out a huge amount of work in a single month to help motivate you.  This last November both Bethany and I both wrote novels.  Here’s a couple things I learned this year, from writing that many words in 30 days.

Encouragement is Required

It is nearly impossible to accomplish things without encouragement.  Having people ask about how the writing was coming, or my wife who was constantly cheering me on was invaluable.  When undertaking any big goal or challenge, we need those people who will push us forward, who will hold us accountable.

Little Steps can Make Up a Great Distance

Two thousand words a day.  That’s it.  That’s all I had to write to not only hit the 50k finish line, but the 60k finish line.  Two thousand words might seems like quite a bit if you don’t write regularly, but for those that do it’s nothing really.  It’s an hour, or two tops.  But over time those small steps pay off big time.

You Have More Time than You Think

I’ve tried to talk other people into writing a novel in November.  In fact, I normally approach like six or seven individuals to see if they are up for the challenge.  The reason I get the most for not doing it is “I don’t have the time.”  But if you really want to do something, you can find the time.  My wife wrote her 50k words in November despite working a fulltime job, working on her yoga business part-time, being involved with multiple small groups at church, making dinner most nights, and Thanksgiving.  She still wrote 50k words.  We have more time than we think we do, we just need to capture it.

What lessons have you learned from taking on large projects?

One response to 30 Days, 50,000 Words

  1. What a great idea to get a big chunk of a writing project complete. I’m sure encouragement and accountability are essential,