My friend, Trent Reedy, is going to write one million words this year. A MILLION.
(I have written 3,000 words since the start of January.)
We’ve talked about that million words.
“What if they’re bad?” I said.
“Of course, they’re bad.”
“What about rewriting?”
“Oh, I’ll rewrite.”
“But . . .”
“Look,” Trent said. “I was only writing 800 words a day before. Now I’m getting words on the page. If I don’t write, I have nothing to edit. No books to work on.” (In case Trent reads this post, I have taken our conversation over several days, squished it together, and written the best parts here. All swears have been omitted!)
Trent makes a great point. If you never pen the words, you never have a book to edit, to send to an agent, to sell to an editor, to wind up on a shelf. Just this week a student came to my office and told me she’s had a great idea for a series for several years. No words were written. And when I gave her my advice several times during our thirty minutes together–Just write–I could tell I sorta bugged her.
Do you write no matter what? I don’t. But . . . I’m lucky to have a friend like Trent who does just write. He encourages me daily, and has gently prodded me to write, maybe not realizing this is what he’s doing.
This year I had hoped to write four days a week, but I haven’t been able to for whatever reason. However, as I have watched my pal, I’ve taken courage. My new goal is one hour of writing–really writing–four days a week. If things normalize here, then I can increase that. If they don’t, I have four thousand new words a week. And that, as they say, is nothing to sneeze at.
But to do nothing? Well, the days still pass. The weeks do, too. And at the end, if I do no writing, I have nothing to edit.
Just as Trent says.
One response to “Good Ol’ Trent Reedy”
love this. Thank you, Carol.
I’ve been writing regularly (finally!) and it feels so good to get SOMETHING done, even if it’s only one small chapter. Love you!