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From Dean Wesley Smith:
Writers who want to hold dearly to the myths of writing must stay away from math. Math can be super deadly to writer’s fears and myths and beliefs. Math, after all, is just numbers.
So let me point out where this is glaringly clear in a simple example.
You write 250 words of fiction a day, shorter than many of your emails. Most writers can do that in 15 minutes or less.
So you do that every day, you manage to make your writing important enough in your life that you carve out 15 minutes a day to do it.
250 words x 365 days = 91,250. That’s a full novel.
Now is where this entire column gets brutal. Let’s say you really like writing 50,000 word novels like I do.
And you can manage to cut out of your busy game schedule and work and family and television schedule one hour a day to write. And if you are like most writers, you can do 1,000 words in that hour. (If you are much slower than that you need to deal with the fear.)
Here comes the math…
1,000 words x 365 days = 365,000 words divided by 50,000 word novels = 7.3 novels a year. So say you took two weeks vacation from that horrid hour-per-day schedule so you only wrote 7 novels in a year.
AND HERE COME THE EXCUSES…
Wrapped up in neat bows in writing myths.
Excuse #1… What about rewrites? If you are still lost in that myth, I can’t help you. Learn how to cycle and write in to the dark and stop being sloppy and produce a finished draft.
Excuse #2… Where will I get that many ideas? (I really can’t help you.)
Excuse #3… What about all the publishing that goes along with that? Oh, no, every month or so you might have to spend a few extra hours to publish your novel so you can make money.
Excuse #4… What about all the plotting and outlining and character sketches and such to get ready ahead of time. (Oh, my…seriously?)
And on and on and on… Pick a myth…
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