6 comments on “A Brief Post Concerning Writing Targets.

  1. There are times when I consider a job as a way to support my writing habit but then sanity returns and I forget such foolishness.

  2. It’s not so much a problem for me to write to that extent(10 or 20,ooo words) a month, but to find the subject TO write about. I used to write a lot(poetry) but the inspiration or whatever seems to die off. If I read other things(novels or whatnot) it seems to pick up again but not to the extent that I’d like.

    Any suggestions?

  3. An interesting question, D — and not an easy one for me to answer.

    If I’m truthful, I don’t really buy the whole “inspiration” argument that many writers use to explain why the aren’t working. Yes, we need a subject that we feel passionate about, and yes it can be tough finding said subject on occasion — but so much of writing is about perspiration, to borrow from the adage.

    Set yourself a writing task. Try looking back at something that had a major impact on you (first love, a skiing accident, a favourite Christmas — anything) and work with it every day for a fortnight. Write different versions. Have fun with it. Be silly, even. Be serious about working, but don’t be too serious about the result itself.

    Writing is work, but it should be enjoyable work. Look around you. Listen to people. Write what you see and hear, and shape it however you wish. Make it your own.

    Beyond that, I’m not sure what to suggest. But I will keep thinking about it and possibly write more on the matter if and when it occurs to me.

    Good luck! And thanks for commenting (and subscribing!)

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