I could say I have not written here because I was writing elsewhere but I won’t. I’ve just been remiss in blogging. I won’t try to make up for the gaps in my posts because I can’t. But here is what I’ve been doing.
Wow, 200,000 words written in a 156 day streak. On Sep 8, 2013, I began writing at least 750 words per day using the web site http://750words.com And in November 2013, I participated in National Novel Writers Month where I wrote more than 50,000 words, an average of more than 1,667 words per day.
The writing is what I call “stream of consciousness” and what others call “free writing”. Get up in the morning. Seat myself at my iMac. Shake out my fingers. Wiggle my butt around in the chair to get just as comfortable as possible. Then open the flood gates of my mind.
This process has never failed. At a minimum, I have written exactly 750 words in a day. On the high end, I’ve written 4,985. Both are isolated cases. High volume days run around 2,000 words and low volume days run around 750-900 words.
Am I writing anything for sale? Not yet. Will I show what I write on my blog? Not always. Some of the information is private but sometimes I share something that I think may be helpful.
In conclusion, I feel that my discovery of the free writing process and use of 750words.com is one of the best self-improvement opportunities I’ve had in years. And I’ve had a lot of years.
If 750 words in one day are too much for you, then write whatever you can – each day. That’s the key – daily writing. As you progress, you look forward to the next writing session. You discover some mildly exciting moments when you find a neat way to describe a person or process or event.
My advice to aspiring beginner writers is: Sit yourself down. Flex your physical and mental fingers and let fly with whatever comes to your mind. There’s no excuse for not knowing what to write. Your mind is never empty. WRITE.
CALL TO ACTION: Comment on this blog. Tell me how you got here. Did you read my tweet or did you see a retweet that led you here? Did you come from Facebook? Are you a writer? Do you aspire to write? Is there any value here for you personally? Just make some noise. Let me know you’re there.