Stephen King (among others) advises writing up to 1000 words a day. I can see the benefit in this as it exercises your writing muscles and gets you into some sort of routine.
It also means that, if you write 500 or 1000 words every day, in a week you will have written 3,500 – 7,000 words! That novel could be a lot closer than you think.
But, if like me, you edit a lot as you write (and I do) it seems to take forever to write that many words. I’m a bit pants at chucking an un-edited draft onto (virtual) paper.
Drastic action was needed!
Warning: Shameless plug coming up. This app was designed and dreamt up by me and was written by my partner.
Apple App Store
‘1000 Words’ is available on the App Store and it helps with just the problems I was having.
Editing is almost non-existent: you can only delete up to 5 of the previous characters and no more; you cannot copy and paste, so no moving sentences and paragraphs around; there is no cursor to move around; and if you choose ‘Save’ before reaching your target it will only save it to another editor and not in the app itself.
Word count and target
There is a word count and little words of encouragement in the bar at the bottom to help you along the way and you can choose a target of 500 words if you find 1000 a bit daunting. Once you hit your target there is a sweet little fanfare to applaud you and you can then save your work in your favourite editor.
Having something to edit
Because of the limited editing I sometimes end up with a bit of gobbledygook but at least I know what it means. When it comes to eventually saving what I have written I can then edit to my heart’s content. At least I have 1000 words to edit. It was well worth the £2.99 I paid for it (and I had to pay for it even though I designed it in the first place!).
It would also be great for anyone who likes free-writing.