I’m a big lover of goals and targets. Maybe it’s because I was a teacher. Maybe it’s because I never really untethered myself from perpetual studenthood. But whatever the reason, I find setting myself a target is a big help when I sit down to write.
On Saturday I wanted to write a chapter and a half. And I managed it, hurrah! A chapter and a half doesn’t really sound like a lot, in my head. But 5180 words does. If I’d told myself I had to write 5000 words, I’d’ve flown into the night, laughing.
I like to think that if I achieve my ‘Graham-Target’ (1000 words a day, as set down in stone for me by the late Graham Joyce in one of our tutorials), I can have a biscuit. I usually aim for 3000 words a chapter, but I’m not religious about it. I mentioned the word count for the day on Twitter, and suddenly realised that my way of working in chapters (something I know a friend from my MA does as well), is not especially popular.
So, along came a highly scientific study to find out how people measure their writing. And here are the results: