Just listened to an interesting podcast with an author who has a daily writing quota of 4000-5000 words a day. Last year, he wrote 150,000 words in a period of 50 days.
Yes, he has a life. He actually has several projects going at once. When asked what he thought of writers who complain of not having enough time to write, he responded that he didn’t have any sympathy for them. I have to agree (especially since I was always more creative in my excuse-making).
With the rare exception of those people who work two full-time jobs at once, are in medical or law school, or who hold down a full-time job while carrying a 15 credit course load, most of us can squeeze an hour or two out of every day. Susan Straight, author of eight novels and numerous essays, has been a writing professor and single mom for most of her writing career. She talks about settling down to work on her writing projects at 10:00 p.m., after her children were in bed.
If you have time to lounge in front of the television, diddle around on facebook, play online games, or surf Salon and read The Onion, you’ve got time to write. It took me a while to realize the difference between a hobbyist and a professional is how you choose to use that free time.
Another prolific writer, J A Konrath, recently blogged about the sacrifices he made, and continues to make, to achieve a certain level of success. It’s a long post, but worth reading to the end.
Whatever you think of the work these writers produce, the fact is that they ARE consistently producing. I need to set my own daily word quota. It’s worked for me in the past, and it’s a good motivator to bring projects to completion. 2000 words/day is a good place to start. And no, blogging doesn’t count.
Go write something!