When I first joined the realms of social media, I quickly noticed all the online writing challenges. It seemed almost daily a post would appear in my inbox about word counts, such as NaNoWriMo, the 500 words a day challenge, the A-Z Blog Challenge. In fact, I read so many posts about daily word counts it almost gave me an inferiority complex about my own writing habits.
There are benefits of course. Writing everyday helps us to develop and improve our style, concentrates the mind, makes our projects grow. Challenges can provide focus and discipline. However it’s important to remember that not everyone is able to follow such a routine. Some people belong to a small pocket of authors who can only write when the mood feels in balance. Others, like myself, have a day job, a family and other commitments.
500 words a day doesn’t sound very much, but to write 500 quality words a day is another matter. For me, squeezing in half an hour to sit in front of the screen for the sake of it and churn out a load of drivel simply doesn’t appeal. Even getting those words down and making something of it later, leaves me cold.