April 8th, 2011


The Magic Number?

Here is a screenshot of my computer's desktop:

I admit it's rather strange and boring, but it is there to remind me that the number 1,370 has a special meaning.

It's the number of words I must write a day in order to reach my current writing goal and if you really, really want to be a writer, I would encourage you to do the same (though the number you choose will be very different from mine).

Let me do the math:

Writing 1,370 words a day results in 9,590 words a week.

Writing 9,590 words a month results in 38,360 words a month.

Writing 38,360 words a month results in a whopping 460,320 words a year.

As the average novel is 80,000 to 100,000 words in length, that's quite a bit of production.

Yes, yes, I know. There are days that life demands more time than I have, the family or I get sick, blah, blah, blah. I admit the goal is idealistic.

But I've discovered something that I call the Law of 1,000,000 Words. In my research, I've discovered that a writer who publishes (not writes) one million words becomes a self-running machine.

Will I make this idealistic goal? No way.

Will I write more stories and novellas and novels than you in my lifetime?

That's your call and up to your calling.

Just food for thought. Have a great day and write on.