Holiday Time!

I’m not in uni for the next couple of weeks, and while it’s not advised I also plan not to think about uni for the next couple of weeks. I’m going to focus on getting some more writing done. I started writing a new story yesterday. More details on this story will be revealed in the new year. At the moment I’m hoping to write 2000 words a day. I achieved that yesterday and have done 1600 today. Will continue after this post. I’m enjoying this story. It’s a relief to be writing something that isn’t on a dull topic set by tutors. I have no idea how long this story will be, or what exactly is going to happen after the next 100 words or so. Hopefully inspiration will strike before tomorrow’s words. 

I’m behind on all of my shows. Sleepy Hollow, Agents of Shield, Revolution, Arrow, Parks and Recreations, Graceland, How I met your Mother. I haven’t even started Dracula or The Blacklist. I’m hoping to be caught up on some of these over the next couple of weeks. 

I have The Game Trilogy book 1 to read. Never heard of it, but I liked the cover. Hoping to make a start on that by the weekend. Hoping to read at least one book before going back to uni stuff. 

When I write I try for a minimum of 1000 words a day. Sometimes I make it. More than not, I don’t. My aim during the holiday is 2000 words a day. I will try to stick to it as closely as possible. I hope to one day write an average of 2000 words a day, everyday. There is a reason for this. Years ago. 7 or even 8 years ago. I read Stephen King’s On Writing. Not because it was about writing, but because it was reading time during English and it was the only book Stephen King in the school library. It’s a great book. Everyone should read it. Not only is it really interesting to read about his writing style and method, it also contains stories from his life which are brilliant to read.

Anyway at some point in this book King writes about how he sets himself a target to write each day and he doesn’t stop before he reaches this target. His target is 2000 words a day. King is one of my heroes as a writer and I feel that I should aim for his kind of level in words. I’m not saying I will ever be as good a writer as he is, but as with every “advice to a new writer thing” I’ve read, especially those written by my heroes, I try to take as much of it on board as possible. Maybe it’s a bad thing to copy what other writers do. The thought “it worked for them, so maybe it will work for me too” is not always good, but it’s made me more serious about writing.

I find it really hard to keep to my 1000 words a day for more than a couple of weeks at a time. I may never actual achieve that goal, but 2000 is my long term goal.

Thanks for reading, 


About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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