I’ve been browsing the archives.
From November, 2004, “Tip #4: How to thrive as a freelance writer - write a lot”:
Peter Mayle, the author of A Year in Provence, says “The best advice on writing I’ve ever received is from Henry Miller’s On Writing: You have to write a million words before you find your voice as a writer.”
In that post, I commented on why writing a lot scares new writers. As I said, it shouldn’t. You write because you love it, yes?
How much are you writing?
Set a daily word count goal.
If you’re writing a book, you set a word count goal for that project, as well as an overall word count goal. Yes, you can count the words you write in emails, as well as Facebook and forums.
If you take care of the quantity you write, sooner or later the quality will show up. If you don’t write a lot, you’ll never get quality writing.
Stop thinking, start writing…
How much have YOU written today?
Want ways to write more?
* Set an overall word count goal for each day;
* Write wherever you are. You don't need a "special" place to write. Just get comfortable using words. Write on your phone;
* Create a blog. If you already have a blog, blog daily;
* Think on paper. Writers write their thoughts: what's in their head. Words appear in your mind, you write them down -- hey presto, you're a WRITER;
* Write what scares you, and delights you;
* The words you write are NEVER the right words. You always have trouble putting it into words. That's OK. You'll get better at it.