Friday, March 02, 2012
Writing 700 words
You'll soon find as you seek freelance work or create a platform, that 700 words is about the average size of a an editorial, a guest blog post, a newsletter piece, a website article, or a magazine column. Some are longer, but few are shorter, and if they are, no less than 500 words. But if you can master this size writing . . . daily . . . you'll be amazed at the evolution of your productivity as a writer.
700 words per day. Wow, you say. You don't think you have time for that. I disagree. You do. At first you may write it in two hours. Then you realize it takes 90 minutes. Then an hour. This progression may take months to achieve, but it does occur. The more you write, the easier the words fall into place. But time isn't your goal. Just the 700 words.
Of course there's editing, but how hard is it to edit 700 words? Today you edit what you wrote yesterday, or three days ago. Of course you know better than to submit a first draft of anything, and allowing it to percolate over a night or two keeps you from submitting mistakes. Now you need markets.
What if you don't have enough markets for a daily dose of 700 words? Then blog. You see, writing this amount of copy takes not only the ability to mesh words together, but to formulate ideas to write about. That is the first trick.The ideas. You sit and think, ponder and curse, but you don't get up until the 700 words come to be.
Soon you are jotting ideas for unwritten pieces when you aren't writing. Your notebook has a dozen little stars beside snippets of themes as you try to keep up with your daily quota. Of course you want to place them in a paying publication, so you search for markets.Those you don't use to query with, you place in a blog.
What you may be seeing here is a trick to turn you into a serious freelancer. Because not only do you have to be able to write, but you have to create ideas, AND you have to find markets for them. It's a balancing act.
Writers complain about not having time to write. But if they can't find time to write, they darn sure don't have time to think of unique ideas, much less market them. Commitment. Diligence. Consistency. There are no substitutes to these traits in the evolution of your talent.
Write 700 words.
Edit 700 words.
Create ideas for more 700 words.
Submit 700 words to a market or blog.
If you master 700 words, per day, you soon learn how to juggle some serious wordage and put them to work for you . . . putting you on the fast track to writing for a living.
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