To Write More, You Must Write

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One week into NaNoWriMo, and I am reminded that if I want to write more, I need to write more.

OK. That sounds crazy. William Hazlitt said it (somewhat) better:

The more a man writes, the more he can write.

My word count for the last week shows this. Not only did I write more words per session by Day 7 than I had on Day 1, but I also got faster, writing more words in less time.

True, part of the reason for this is the deadline. The founder of NaNoWriMo believes that all we need to accomplish great tasks is a deadline and, in a way, he is right. It’s much easier to stick to my daily writing when I have a word count to hit by the end of the month than when I am working on a project I plan to finish “someday”.

But the other reason I’m doing so well? The more I write, the more I can write. I’m training up. Writing every day makes it easier to write again tomorrow.

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