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Writing Every Day

During the April A to Z Challenge, a commenter on my blog introduced me to 750 Words. I mentioned this briefly at the end of my Z post, but I wanted to talk about it a little more. I’ve been doing 750 Words since shortly after I was introduced to it, and it’s actually been a great tool in keeping me productive.

The site is pretty simple: you create a bare bones account and try to write at least 750 words every day. Your writing is entirely private and no one can ever see it. You CAN choose to make your profile public, which shows some of your stats and insights into your writing (you choose what is shown) but no one can read what you actually wrote. The site is free for 30 days and then $5 a month to use after. Having the paid version gives you access to a few things. I found out during my free trial period you can’t write more than 10,000 words in a day unless you’re a paid member. As a paid member you can also make public posts kinda like blog posts, that are meant to be encouraging to others.

There’s lots of various accomplishments that earn you badges. Things like writing 3, 5, 10, 30, etc. days in a row, not being distracted during your writing, finishing your words in under 15 minutes 10 days in a row, writing 50,000 words in a month (the NaNo badge), and completing a one-month challenge where you write every day of that month, just to name a few. You may not be terribly motivated by the idea of silly badges, but hey, I freakin’ love badges and I’m trying to collect them all!

However, the main point, and benefit, of the site is that it gets you writing. I’ve found since I started writing every day like this, I feel a lot more creative, and I’m writing easier, if that makes sense. It also takes away the angst that plagues me every day I don’t put my nose to the grindstone and churn some words out. Amazingly, my stats tell me that (at the time of writing this blog post) in my 26 days on 750 Words I’ve written 46,953 words so far! A good portion of that has been for a book I’m working on, which is now almost done because of this. But some days I didn’t feel like working on it and couldn’t get up the gumption, so I just used my 750 words for personal stuff, like a diary. Still, it kept my fingers on the keyboard.

I recommend this site if you’re looking for a productivity and motivational tool. My profile is here (only visible if you have an account). I think paid members can follow other people, but I haven’t followed anyone yet so I’m not sure how it works.

Hope to see you there!

Megan Morgan View All

Urban fantasy and paranormal romance author.

14 thoughts on “Writing Every Day Leave a comment

  1. Even though I’m an editor and not a writer, I do have a blog and post regularly. When I’m writing consistently, the ideas seem to flow so much easier, even if, as you stated, some of the writing is simply jotting down ideas or personal notes. It’s similar to being able to work without interruptions—getting more done in the same amount of time.

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  2. I learned this taking part to the NaNo: if you write everyday, you do a lot of work without even realising it.

    I am writing everyday, but not drafting, which is bothersome to me. Ever since publishign my novella, I have found motivation to be harder to find.
    But I really do want to go back to writing stories (as well as – as I’m doing now – blog posts and such). Let’s see 🙂

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    • Yes! I’ve gotten so much done just by writing a little bit every day. It’s kind of amazing.

      You’ll find your spark again! If there’s anything I’ve learned over the years from my fickle creativity…even when it goes away for a while, it always comes back!

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  3. I really enjoyed this past NaNoWriMo for the reasons you mention. The more that I wrote the more I wanted to. Sure I had a closed end goal which also is great motivation, but if you have a writer’s heart only writing makes it happy.

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