I’ve been working on a new story starring some of my existing characters. It’s more or less a writing exercise and started as a fun idea I got from a character meme I found awhile back. For this story, I set my daily word count goal to 500 words. That’s not really a lot for me. It’s only about one page in Microsoft Word.
A little word count like that ought to be easy, but it’s not. After I write my 500 words, I find that I’m only hitting my stride and getting back into the story and the characters from the day before. I usually try to end each 500-word segment at a cliffhanger so I can pick right back up the next day, but it doesn’t work. I still feel like I’m cutting myself off right when I was just getting into it, sort of like watching the beginning of a TV show, then stopping it after five minutes.
To fully reorient myself, I have to write at least 1300 words, which is my usual word count. (Don’t ask why it’s 1300 – I honestly don’t know.) Maybe I’m just not used to such a small word count goal. It might take time to learn to write in 500-word increments rather than 1300 words at a time. Or perhaps I should just keep writing 1300 words at a time… it’s something I need to think about.
How about you? How many words/pages/lines do you have to write before you “hit your stride”?