750 words

Last month, M sent me the link to 750words, and of course, I signed up – it has badges, and stats and sends you an email reminding you to write. I’ve been struggling to reform a regular writing habit and it seemed like just the thing to help me out.  BADGES, people. BADGES.

Initially, it didn’t work. I was sporadic. I couldn’t even get the badge for a 3 day streak. Nothing was really working. Then all of a sudden, BAM, I was writing. 750 words a day, every day. I’m currently on an 18 day streak (it’ll be 19 when I do my writing for today), though yesterday was the first day in which all 750 (actually, 829) words were for a scene in Saving Tomorrow. I even wrote my words after getting back from a work function with hubby – I really needed not to lose my streak, even though it was late and I was exhausted.

I’ve used the site for planning, for outlining, for writing a short story for last months challenge, for starting a new short story, for venting, for problem solving, for writing scenes in my novel – all kinds of things. All of them words. Words I probably wouldn’t have got done otherwise.

I’ve written almost 18,000 words (on the site) this month, which is pretty amazing. Of course, not all on the novel, but all useful, all with a purpose. And I really don’t want to break my streak. I want a new badge, I have to keep writing to see when I will get one! Sometimes, these things work for people, and I am one of those people. I know others, too. I think Tama should sign up for when he starts his new novel (don’t worry, I have told him this myself! not just dropping hints via blog posts 😉 ) because he loves games, he loves badges.

It’s a great site if you need a hand getting back in the habit. I know I certainly did, and I am very grateful for it! I might even sign up for next months challenge and see if I can get 750 words every day for September. If you want a little math that would add at a minimum 22500 words to Saving Tomorrow. That’s a good chunk of novel right there. It might be slower than my progress back when I only had one child, but slow and steady is always going to get you there in the end.

And to be honest, I’m just grateful to be writing every day again.

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11 thoughts on “750 words

  1. Congratulations on reaching your goal(s) and getting into it – writing is, funnily enough, the most important thing about being a writer (I think there’s some of us who forget that). I’m going to have to look into the 750 word thing! I’m kinda in a slump right now myself so maybe it’ll get me going, too!

    T.x

    1. Hey, Tessa. Hope 750 helps you like it helped me! Sometimes it’s the simple things that can kick start you again. Good luck with the writing 🙂

  2. It’s a great idea for boosting that productivity. I was just the other day reading about about the “3 Pages” thing, which the site says it’s based on, so interesting coincidence.
    Congrats on those 18k! One word after another. 🙂

    1. One word after another, exactly! I did see that it’s based around that idea, and I think there might be something to it. Initially, I was just logging by 750, but the more I do it, the more I find that it’s just the start and if I have the time, I’m pushing on and getting more words than that out.

    1. Thanks, Sadie 🙂 It’s going pretty well. Still filling in the first bits of the novel, but the shape of its getting clearer and I’m feeling good about the whole thing! Is your writing still going well?

  3. I’ve seen a few people comment on the site so I decided to sign up and give it a shot this morning. We’ll see if it works out that well for me.

    1. lol I don’t think you need the help, Chibi! You’re doing amazingly with no prompting, and you write way more than 750 when you do write 🙂 Though I guess it might help with writing every single day? Let me know how it goes.

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