Resolution #2: I want to write more words

Yesterday I looked at the resolution of many writers “to be a better writer.” Many writers also desire to write more words, thinking this is the path to success.

Some writers want to increase the number of words they write per day, week or month. They dream of reaching that magical word count. They feel that if they reach it they will then become a true writer and not just a wannabe.

The reality of it is there isn’t a magic word count that will make you a true writer. The only way to be a writer is to write, as much as you can whenever you can.

Dawn Arkin

I would agree with this author. There isn’t a magic number. For someone with limited time available, or someone just starting out, writing a hundred words a day on a consistent basis will help to improve their writing. For a professional writer such a small goal will just not cut it. So you need to set a goal that is realistic for you – and relentlessly pursue that goal.

The more you practise writing the more skills you will develop. The longer you keep at it, the more fluent you will become. Then one day you will realise that you don’t have to wait for inspiration to come knocking on the door; you will find that you can write on demand. That’s what writers do; they write even when they don’t feel like it.

Good writing.


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