Writers are all about goals. We have to be. If we want to get anything longer than a couple thousand words written we have to budget our time and commit to a definite word count every day until we’re done. That’s one reason why NaNoWriMo is such a great experience. It’s all about setting a daily goal and meeting it for a whole month. And at the end of the month? Well, hopefully your hard work pays off and you get something that looks like it might be a book one day.
But NaNoWriMo isn’t the only writing resource on the internet. I recently discovered a nifty online writing tool called OnePagePerDay. If you can’t tell by the name, OnePagePerDay is all about writing one page per day. That’s all. You open up the site and have one page worth of whitespace to type in. Of course you have the option to write more than one page if you want to, but I like to stop when I run out of space on that first page. It’s fun for me leave a story right in the middle of an important scene and know I won’t be writing any more until tomorrow.
The layout of the site is simple and pristine so there are very few distractions to your writing. The site also has a “glimpses” feature which allows you to anonymously share what you’ve written. There is also an option to receive a “gentle reminder” to write your page for the day via email, which is nice if you’re a slacker like me and need a little prodding to get you going some days. If you’re a writer I recommend you check it out.
And since it is the Christmas season, I am offering you all the gift of a link to a wonderful and uplifting blog by a beginning writer. I hope you will all get as much enjoyment out of her writing as I have. The Happiness Project.
Thanks for sharing The Happiness Project link. I’m an old new writer and it’s good to see others out there. And onepageaday is awesome!!!
Thanks! I’m always happy to share things that I enjoy.
I better start using this one page a day routine. My writing habits have been falling this month. Thank you!
And the great thing about it is the goal is fairly easy to reach. Sometimes when I have a big word goal it seems like I’m climbing a mountain to reach it, but smaller goals are much more doable and much more enjoyable.
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