Progress, 2-3 pages at a time

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The great tallying of how many pages were written today

Part of this whole thing of getting stuff done, writing-wise, is exactly that.

You need to get your ass in that chair and write. Repeat on a daily basis as long as necessary.

While I may not get to write every day, I certainly do try. So far, the target output of 2-3 pages when I can is holding strong.

For those following me on various social media, you might occasionally see an announcement (read: tweet) proclaiming that day’s results. I’m proud of what I accomplish in each writing session, even if it’s only two pages. Progress is progress.

(Incidentally, I also enjoy seeing others make similar announcements. Don’t be afraid to toot your own horn.)

Every once in a while, someone will comment about how productive I am, or marvel at my steady output of pages. As if I’m some sort of writing machine.

Well, yes and no.

Yes in that I do try to write every day, but only because I like it, and, more importantly, it’s the only way to do it. This thing ain’t gonna write itself. And the more you write, the better you’ll get at it.

Even at the slow pace of 2-3 pages a day, the numbers add up and you can have a completed draft in a relatively short time.

And no because sometimes there are days where circumstances simply prevent me from having time to write. It happens. Life gets in the way and all that. Admittedly, I don’t care very much for those days.

It used to be that sometimes I’d read about someone who had significantly higher results than me (e.g. “Another 15 pages today!”), and feel all “How am I supposed to compete with that?”

Turns out I’m not. The only connection between me and that other writer is just that – we’re both writers. They have their way of doing it, and I’ve got mine. Do I wish I could be that productive? Of course. Does it mean I’m not as good a writer as they are? Hell no.

I write when I can. Maybe that means a little, a lot, or maybe not at all. But it’s the way I do it, and I don’t care how it compares to anyone else. It works for me, and that’s the important thing.

3 Responses to Progress, 2-3 pages at a time

  1. May West says:

    Paul, the fact that you are writing (even if it’s only when you can) is already a big achievement! Keep writing!

  2. Leona Heraty says:

    Thanks for the excellent article, Paul! I agree with you, progress is progress, and the goal is to keep moving forward everyday, whether it’s writing 1 page or 10 pages, or more.

    Yes, the days go by quickly, and so you’re right, it’s important to keep at it and be consistent, that’s the kind of commitment that will help you complete your screenplay. Plus, as writers, we need to find a writing routine that works for us, there’s no right or wrong way to write, the main thing is to do it, like you said.

    The most important thing is enjoying the actual writing part of it, creating characters and situations and putting them down on paper, it’s a beautiful thing to use our creative gifts and share them with the world. Keep on truckin! 🙂

  3. sean howse says:

    Writing 2-3 pages a day is a great accomplishment. It means that your head is in the story on a daily basis. It’s when you drop out for several days, that it gets difficult to get back in. And remember, while you are writing 2-3 pages a day, you are also spending time in your imagination outside of the writing, where ideas come to you at work or play. It’s all good. I’m doing the same output as you, with a little extra of 5-10 pages on my days off. keep at it.

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