I’ve decided to start a weekly post called Writing Tips and Tricks. In these posts I will share the tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way and use regularly during my writing process. They will encompass my entire process, from the first stages of plotting to marketing the final published book.
Today’s tip: Set a word goal.
Now I don’t necessarily mean set a word goal for the story you are writing. Although I know a lot of author who do this, I usually don’t. My thoughts on story word counts are: when it’s done it’s done. It could be 50,000 words or 150,000. I write until I’m happy with it.
With that said, I suggest setting a daily word goal. Mine varies from 2,000 to 5,000 depending on the day and what stage of the process I'm on.
What are the benefits to having a daily word goal? Writing an entire novel length story can be a bit overwhelming at times. I find breaking it up into smaller pieces that can be tackled in one day helps alleviate this. It keeps me moving at a steady pace, and at the end of the day I never feel like I haven’t accomplished anything.
Well that’s my tip for the day.
Happy writing and reading!