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Friday, December 25, 2009
Write on Christmas Day?
You bet. You should write on Christmas day. You should write on your birthday, the Fourth of July and your anniversary. You should write every day. How do I know? Because Frederick Pohl told me so.
Frederick Pohl, science fiction writer and editor extraordinaire, believed in writing 600 words every day. If you refuse to skip a day, never will you experience a dry spell or writer’s block. Equally important, a daily output of 600 (new) words will make you a prolific writer. Do the arithmetic. That would be 600 x 365 = 219,000 words, which equals equals two fat books a year, plus several articles.
Pohl also argued that you should complete every writing project you begin. If you commit to completing every project, no matter how unpromising, you will never abandon a promising project just because it is difficult.
My first love was reading, and my second love was writing. Deciding how to string words together fascinates me.
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