Stephen King in his famous writing book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, has this to say about his daily word count:
“I like to get ten pages a day, which amounts to 2,000 words. That’s 180,000 words over a three-month span, a goodish length for a book — something in which the reader can get happily lost, if the tale is done well and stays fresh.”
Okay, you started on a new story. What can you do to keep it going?
1. Set a daily word count until the story is completed (at least for the first draft).
2. If that doesn’t work, what about setting a set amount of time to work on it for each day? 30 minutes? Or even 15 minutes each day is better than nothing!
3. Okay, you’re a busy person. You have a full-time job plus you’re a parent and so on and so forth. It’s almost impossible to write every day. So, now what? Well, for me, I set a week’s goal of either 1,000 words or 45 minutes (minimal) so with a more flexible writing schedule it decreases the level of stress for me as a writer, and I find writing the story much more enjoyable.