The 1K a Day Challenge

Okay, I’ve mentioned this before.  Time to lay it on the line.

I am challenging myself to write 1,000 words a day for one year.

Why?  Well, mostly because I can.  (Challenge myself, that is.  Actually doing it is another story, but that’s why it’s called a challenge, right?)

I’m not sure yet if the best way for me to tackle it will be to write one thousand words every day or sort of average it out, acknowledging that there will be days when I simply cannot carve out the time (no matter how much I want to).  Goals should be achievable, not frustrating, so I’m thinking that maybe something like “Write 31k in January” would be better — I’ll keep a separate Word doc for that month and copy and paste it into the novel it’s for when it’s done.

Ah, yes, the novels.  I do have projects in mind for 2015.

I want to finish the trilogy that my current WiP is the first book of.  (And maybe name the prince in the process.)  And finish The Other Mages trilogy.  And finish (are you sensing a theme here?) The Academy of the Accord series.

If I get my current novel finished this month, that leaves me 2 books of that trilogy, 4 books to finish The Academy of the Accord series, and half of Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy and a re-write of Book Three — and possibly a slightly alternate version of Book One to play around with so… yeah, probably two books for it, too.  That’s about 8 books right there, give or take a bit with The Other Mages.

And I’d like to get the sequels to Sanguine and Song and Sword written too.

Too much?

Probably.  But 1000 words a day times 365 days = 365,000 (plus roughly another 60k because I’ll do 50k (20k more than normal) in the three NaNo months which gives me 425,000 words) in one year.  And that should be roughly 5 or 6 novels, depending on the novel length.  So, while I might not get all of them done, I should be able to get a bunch of stuff finished.

And one thousand words a day should be a doable goal, especially if I make it monthly thing, not a daily thing.

I would also like to get some editing days worked into the schedule.  I was thinking Tuesdays would be good as that is garbage day here so it seems sort of fitting.  Or maybe I’ll edit in 2016.

Except I’d really not like to let everything sit that long, so maybe if I reach my monthly goal early I can spend the rest of the month editing — once I have something finished and ready to edit.  (Right.  Like that is going to encourage productivity! LOL)

Anyhow, this is still (obviously) something of a rough draft of my writing plans.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to go with the monthly average, though — it seems less designed to fail.

Anyone crazy enough to care to join me in this challenge?

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8 responses to “The 1K a Day Challenge

  1. Larissa Lee

    That’s actually a really clever idea! I’ve been trying to think of how I want to challenge myself to write, and this method (especially the monthly goal part) sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks for stopping by! I’m really hoping that this works for me — and for you and anyone else who wants to try it — because I have so much stuff started, and I really slack off in non-NaNo months.

  2. I wanted to do 1K a day this month, and did really well with it at first. However, I’ve already slipped off that train ride. That’s fine with me though because it allows me to actually edit some pieces I’ve left to the wayside, and I don’t seem to hit the 1K a day when I’m cutting words rather than adding them. With three short stories to edit and at least three novels to edit, I think I will pass on the 1K a day. However, my goal is to edit 5-10 pages a day or write 1K a day every day next year. Doable? For me, yes – as long as I get my sleep schedule under control.

    • Sleep schedule? What’s that?

      Fortunately I don’t currently have anything in an editable state. (I have stuff that’s finished but I just can’t bring myself to edit parts of a trilogy or series until they’re all written so I can check for internal consistency.)

      Maybe I’ll use my editing time to declutter my room…

      • I might just have to do that myself (the series editing idea). Too late for Puck’s series since the first book’s already out, but the series that I have all the drafts done for? That’s a pretty good idea for them maybe… Hmmm… That means I have less to edit than I thought. I would only have two short stories in an editable stage… Hmmm… Ideas…

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