Friday, February 22, 2013

Write A Novel In A Year, Chuck Wendig's Plan: The Big 350


Yesterday’s gone the way of the dodo. You have one day, and it is today.
- Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig has written another terrific article, this time about how to write a novel in a year.


Chuck Wendig's Plan: The Big 350


This is a simple plan. There are only two rules:

1. Write 5 days out of the week.

2. On each day you write, complete 350 words.

That's it. If you do this you'll have 91,000 words by the end of the year. Chuck writes:
The goal is not to write a masterpiece. ... The goal is to finish a novel despite a life that seems hell-bent to let you do no such thing. It is you snatching snippets of word count from the air and smooshing them together until they form a cohesive (if not coherent) whole. It assumes a “slow and steady wins the race” approach to this book.
Chuck Wendig suggests using a spreadsheet to keep track of your progress:
Make a spreadsheet if you have to. Track your 350 words per day (you’ll probably end up writing more than that consistently and hitting your tally quicker, particularly with a spreadsheet to remind you — you will discover it’s actually hard to stop at 350 words).
I'll leave you with these words of inspiration from Chuck:
You can sneeze 350 words. It’s like a word appetizer every day. Some days it’ll take you 15 minutes, other days two hours — but you’re going to commit to those 350 words every day, whether you type them out, or scrawl them in a notebook, or chisel them into the wall of your prison cell. You will carve these words out of the time you are given.

You get 24 hours a day. As do I. As do we all.

Grab a little time to write a little bit every day.
Here is a graphic Chuck Wendig created and that he invited his readers to share:

The Big 350 by Chuck Wendig,
used with permission.

Do you write every day? Every week? If so, do you have any tricks or tips to share?

Other articles you might like:

- How to record an audiobook at home
- 6 Ways To Get Rid Of Infodumps At The Beginning Of A Story
- How To Write Short Stories

Photo credit: "Happy Girl Hopscotch in Strawberry Free Creative Commons" by Pink Sherbet Photography under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.

2 comments:

  1. Isn't it funny how when someone deconstructs this down to brass tacs it sound so simple. You almost feel silly for not thinking of it yourself. As a mother I became very adept at fitting pieces of things in between the chaos. It was a great preparation for a writing career. Great post!

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    1. "Isn't it funny how when someone deconstructs this down to brass tacs it sound so simple."

      I know! I love Chuck Wendig's idea. A few of my friends are Moms trying to create pockets of writing time, I thought this would be perfect for them.

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