A Little Every Day is Better Than a Lot at Once

When I first imagined being a writer, I imagined
writing books.

For this to make sense, let me describe exactly what I mean.

I’m talking about BOOKS. Hard covers, hundreds of printed
pages, small typefaces, lines all close together.

Big Hardcover

Have you ever done this? Imagined yourself
writing a book, and when you thought about
it, saw the finished product?

That little image will kick you in the head, knock you to
the pavement, and jump up and down on top of you when
you’re down.

That is one MEAN little bugger.

Because writers don’t write books. Not ever. Not even once.

Writers write words.

Books are big, solid, complete, finished and unattainable.

Words, though? You can knock together fifty or a hundred
of those bad boys before you do your morning situps.

You don’t have to make them perfect, either. You can just
knock them out. Put them on the page carefree as anything,
and then go about the rest of your day without having
poured your blood out of your veins or ripped your heart
from your chest.

Well, maybe not. Sometimes even a hundred words can be
an obstacle.

But it isn’t an impossible one.

Set goals for yourself that allow you to attain your dreams.

And start small.

If you’ve never done any writing, set a goal for 200 words
a day. That’s about one typed, double-spaced manuscript
page if you’re using inch-and-a-quarter margins.

It’s fewer words than are in this post.

And a page a day can give you a full-length novel a year.

Tell your story a little bit at a time. Enchant yourself
with the process, with crafting each piece.

It’ll be a book one day, but for now, you’re romancing
a single, solitary page.

Have FUN with it.

And write with joy.


Tell A Writer
Holly Lisle

Novelist, writing-nerd, dissector of thought processes, writing course creator and site owner here, Holly Lisle has a cat that plays fetch and a whole lotta stuff on HollyLisle.com for both readers and writers.