Once Upon a Hallow's Eve

Writing at least 10,000 words in a day

Statistics:

The game contains 1,850 dialogue blocks, containing 14,044 words and 72,881
characters, for an average of 7.6 words and 39 characters per block.
The game contains 11 menus, 0 images, and 12 screens.

When I first started this day, I thought, “Time to catch up to my schedule!”

And it’s true. I was thinking of writing at least 3k a day for 5 days, to make it 15k. But due to… oh, you know, university and real life stuff, I fell way, way behind my plans. As a matter of fact, in the past five days, I only managed to write on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, for a grand total of 4k words.

Plain and simple, it was a disaster.

So I decided to make it my Saturday goal to write 10,000 words in one day.

And guess what? I succeeded. (Omg, I still can’t believe I actually managed to do it.)

It wasn’t easy, to be honest with you. I skipped quite a few scenes, and I left some parts hanging. I spot-wrote the ones that felt most familiar and most enjoying, and I definitely didn’t force myself to write a scene I didn’t feel like writing yet.

However, it also isn’t as hard as most people think.

I simply set myself on an hour-long timer, and wrote. I just wrote. Some writers say that it’s better to ignore your typos and mistakes when speed writing, but I just cannot not hit backspace when something goes wrong. So, yes, I am guilty of editing while writing. Still, it didn’t stop me from reaching my goal of 10,000 words today.

And, yep, that’s one secret to it, I suppose. Set a timer and try to beat it. It feels really awesome knowing that you managed to complete you goal. Plus, with every hit of the timer, you’ll find yourself getting more confident with your speed-writing.

Will I do this all the time? No, of course not. I wrote for about 11 hours today, and I only had 3 1-hour-breaks for my lunch and bath, my merienda, and my dinner. That means I spent about 8 hours of my time writing. Oh, boy. That’s like 4 or 5 movies already. I don’t know about you guys, but as a teenager, I’d rather have a movie marathon on most Saturdays. 🙂

At least this is a nice gift to myself for my birthday. I can celebrate my birthday peacefully with my family, without something– like a looming deadline– tugging at the back of my mind. A nice gift for oneself, don’t you think?

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s