Perspectives on Daily Word Count – Guest Post by Jaq D Hawkins…

Jaq D. Hawkins is the guest of the Story Reading Ape this weekend with a perspective on writing target word counts per day. I am sure that you have your own views on the subject and please head over and let Jaq know. thanks Sally

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When I wrote my first Fantasy novel, Dance of the Goblins, I was still going out to a day job every day and had little free time for writing. I got up at 5 a.m. every day to give myself an hour of writing time before I had to start getting ready for work at 6:00.

Writers hear a lot of advice about pushing themselves to write a certain word count every day. A common one is 1000 words. That’s not always possible in just an hour. Sometimes I just sit and contemplate what needs to happen next or get diverted into research for some reference in the text, even in fiction. Sometimes the words flow, sometimes they don’t.

What I found with my writing pattern as it was forced to be then was that although I might write 200 – 500 words in a morning session, these often…

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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at

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