Why 500 Words?
Write 500 words every day-until you can write more words that make sense to a reader. 500 words is a target to keep you focused on writing words into sentences.
This small amount is an easy target to aim at. Ernest Hemingway claimed this number as his daily target, and it served him well. He wrote A Farewell to Arms, and The Old Man and the Sea, which won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.
His quote, “There is no friend as loyal as a book”, makes me wonder if he ever spent time with the Dog.
Writing is a craft, and like all crafts, it can be learned. One of the best ways to learn how to write better is to read more Reading will show you how other writers write their stories, articles, or plays.
Writing prompts can be used as a warm-up for the big game. If you play sports you know that it is necessary to loosen up before you jump on the court, or run onto the field.
A prompt is used to arouse, incite, or inspire to write. In this case, it is to inspire you to write these 500 words and complete your writing assignment.
Writing Prompts are learning assignments that are used to direct you to write about a specific topic in a specific manner. They are designed to stimulate your imagination and creatively guide you in a practiced writing exercise.
A prompt can be a word, a phrase, or a paragraph. It can even be a picture, and you can remain loyal to your prompt or wander off in a completely different direction.
Writing Prompts are used to direct you to write about a specific topic in a specific manner.
They are designed to stimulate your imagination and creatively guide you in a practiced writing exercise.
If you are struggling to get 500 words on paper you’re thinking too much and not writing enough.
You will need more practice. This can be achieved by writing a simple short story about something you did today.
Do not concern yourself with punctuation, sentence structure, or whether your facts are all correct. Just write the 500 words. There, you are done.
Reread what you have written
Let yourself loose and write as if there were no tomorrow. Stop and have a look at what you’ve written. Read it out loud, but do not read it to just anyone, yet. Your best bet is to read your first drafts to your dog. He will understand your dilemma and support your efforts through hell and high water.
Even though your dog is interested in what you have written, it’s probably is not ready to publish, but now you have something to work with. The best editor cannot edit an empty page.
How does it sound when you read it aloud? Rewrite your first sentence. Is your second attempt better than your first?
The Next 500 Words will be Easier to Write
An effective method for increasing your daily writing counts is to build a website and write blogs.
A learning program with the software and support to keep you motivated, and a vibrant community to comment on your writing. is nothing to turn your nose at. It’s free to explore and costs less than the price of a cup of coffee per day.
If you can’t see any benefit in type of support, just move on, and use it as a prompt for your next writing exercise.
A writer once wrote, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”, his name was Benjamin Franklin.
It’s as simple as a word, a sentence, a paragraph, and even a picture can be useful.
One of the best sentences I have read about writing was this one. Write one million words, and throw them all away, and then write your story. It contains the essence of what all great writers are about.
It will only take you 1 year to write 1 million words if you write 2740 words per day. A year well spent at the keyboard or on paper with pencil or pen.
Write your 500 words
Write your 500 words and I will read your story and edit your work. I cannot edit a blank sheet of paper but I can edit a short story of 500 words.
Keep Your Paragraphs Short
Keep your paragraphs short and don’t ramble on.