First of February though, we need to switch gears.
Oh, yeah. Now we get to writing.
Daily. Every day. No less than one word, and more than one word. Promise?
Quoting various sources have given the numbers as something along this –
Adult Fiction runs about this long –
- Short Story – 1,000 to 7,500 words
- Novelettes 7,500 to 20,000 words
- Novellas – 20,000 to 50,000 words
- Novels – 50,000 to 110,000 words
- Epics 110,000 plus EEK!
Children’s Fiction runs about this long -* Some variances here based on sources, check with the publisher you are submitting prior
- Board Books – 150 to 300 words
- Picture Books – 500 to 900 words ( OR UNDER 500 words)
- Easy-To-Read – 3,000 to 6,000 words
- Chapter Books – 12,000 to 18,000 words (OR 6,000+ words)
- Middle Grade – 30,000 to 75,000 words
- Young Adult Novels 60,000 – 105,000 word (OR 30,000+ words)
So, based on the number of words needed of the length of work you are wanting to write, divide by
- either the number of days you can devote to writing to be completed on your deadline will give you the word count per day you have to write to meet your deadline –
- OR divide by the number of words you feel is doable a day which will give you the number of days it will take.
So look ahead to February. What days can you write. In fact, if you feel pretty confident and comfortable with all the conceptualizing and notes you have been making and are ready to start writing, well, then get on with it.
That is the whole purpose of February. Write. Write every day if you can. Write in order, out of order, what order that you can write. Set aside a time of day.
What time of the day? Well, if you are morning person, then the afternoon might prove better. If you are a night owl, it might actually be the morning according to Washington Post article. But you know your schedule and lifestyle best. You might be forced to have varied times each day due to obligations and schedules.
Writing everyday is the key. Even if it is just conceptualize or brainstorming ideas. Start there and move on to fully writing. Whatever time you have been brainstorming the most is probably your productive time. Can you make that your writing time as well?
So, get your writing on!
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