Riding an Idea High

For any of you writers out there: have you experienced an idea high? You know, the feeling when you get excited about an idea and have to start writing it immediately? That’s what happened to me yesterday.

I have been working on this novel (or novella, I’m not really sure how long it’s going to be, yet), for a couple months but I put it in a drawer (or rather, folder on my computer) because I just wasn’t feeling it anymore. I had 5,339 words of it written out.

Then, yesterday a trigger happened. Not a bad trigger, but a good one. I was watching a webinar recording by a writer on how she writes, publishes and sells her books and I got inspired.

She mentioned something that blew my mind. If you write just 500 words a day on your novel (that is one single-spaced page or two double-spaced pages), you will have 50,000 words in 100 days, or a little over three months. If you are writing a 100,000 word novel, it will be done in 200 days, or almost seven months.

That’s not long at all! Then all you have to do is edit and format it and you will be ready to send it in to any publisher, or to self-publish the book.

This was incredibly motivating and inspiring to me. I hope it is for those of you who are writers to get your novel done.

I am not usually a writer that sticks to a schedule, since my work schedule changes from week to week. I rarely work the same days or at the same times. Which adds variety to my life, but also makes it hard to get into any sort of schedule or habit. I’ll have to work from 2:30pm to 9:30pm one night then work 9am to 5pm the next day. It’s a taxing lifestyle.

But now, with this new revelation, I am going to pencil in an hour or two every day to write on my novel. It’s going to be tough but I am going to do my best.

I was so excited by the idea that you could write a 50,000 word novel in 100 days and had enough free time on my hands yesterday that I wrote 2,200 words in a little over two hours. I feel accomplished, and I’m sure you will, too, especially after you get that novel draft finished.

Good luck, everyone, on your writing journeys. I hope this helped, even just a little.

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