Friday, June 26, 2009

Preparing for 1k-a-day

We're five days away from the 2nd semi-annual 1k-a-day here on YAedge. Are you prepared? For those of you who do NaNoWrimo every November, 1,000 words a day shouldn't be too hard, but don't take 1k-a-day lightly. To consistently write every day for a full month can become grueling. Here are a few tips to make sure that you're ready.

  1. Know your story. I can't stress that enough. Try and write a rough synopsis or have some kind of map to follow on the days the words don't flow. Instead of staring at the blinking cursor, you will be able to move around your plot if you know your story.
  2. Know your characters. Try to make note cards based on their characteristics so you don't spend a lot of time flipping through pages trying to find what color your main character's eyes are or what their favorite food is.
  3. Be prepared to let the words flow. Don't worry about edits, the goal here is to write 1,000 words a day, not make them perfect. Editing is for August.
  4. Motivation. If YAedge giving away books from our own home libraries for free isn't enough, why not make a deal with yourself. If you write 7,000 each week you can go out to dinner or buy a new book. Whatever works for you.
  5. Get the word out. The more people, the more fun 1k-a-day will be. If you have a blog or website and want to share the info, please do! You can right click (or drag to your desktop if you're on a mac) the image above to advertise 1k-a-day (please be sure to link it back to Also, if it helps, you can blog about 1k-a-day, too! Feel free to post the links to your posts in your daily word count comments on YAedge.
  6. Remember, the most important thing is to end up with 30,000 words by August 1. You'll have half a book written in just a month!


Jenita said...

I would love to do this, but I'm not sure it's possible for someone who procrastinates as much as I do. Knowing me, it still won't end up being 1k a day, it'll be 30k in the last three days! Still, I shall try valiantly. :)

Tracy Belsher said...

HA! Even if you do binge write on the last few days - you'll still be up 30k. But you might just surprise yourself...

Tami Klockau said...

Yep, you never know Jenita! Even writing a few words a day gets your mind to stay in your story so when you do have time to write a lot, you don't have to go back and see where you left off.

Good luck! Can't wait to start.

Leona said...

I'm going to try for first time. My goal is to do 5k a day. However, lots of days end up being 300 or less.

Does it have to be on same story? I have WIP and would like to work on that, but would be finished before 30 days came up.

Tracy Belsher said...

Hey Leona - no worries, you can write for multiple projects (I'll be doing this as well).