Wednesday, June 2, 2010

One Page a Day

Post by Kerrie
Last week at the Book Expo of America I had the privilege of attending an event that had Jon Stewart, John Grisham, Condeleeza Rice and Mary Roach on a panel. Stewart was the emcee and was as funny as I had hoped and expected.

The other three shared about their writing journey and their newest books. Then it was opened up to questions from the audience. One woman asked the panel if they had any advice for new writers.

Grisham's answer was the one that stuck with me. He said, "Until you are writing one page a day, you are not a serious writer."

I have heard this many times before but each time it sinks in a little more. The only way to find success as a writer is to write and to write consistently. There is no way around it. Just like with anything else, the more we do it, the better we get.

I'm trying to think of what else to say on the subject, but there really isn't much else to say. it is pretty straight forward advice and if followed, will surely lead to writing success.

What do you think about Grisham's advice?


Clarissa Draper said...

I agree. And disagree. I think a page a day should be the average but I think if in your mind, writing is a serious thing. Something you take part in everyday in one form or another (editing, writing, outlining) then you're a writer.

Love Jon Stewart BTW


Lisa_Gibson said...

I think sometimes it can be difficult to carve out time in our busy lives to write. There are some days that I will write anywhere from 2k to 3k a day. Other days I'm lucky to add a few lines. But no matter what, I try to write everyday, without fail. I just have to hope for more of those 3k days than the others. :)

Tricia said...

Nice goal, but I bet Grisham even missed a few days when life got in the way.

Patricia Stoltey said...

How about if I average one page a day?

The hard and fast rule simply doesn't work for me. I have to admit it. I'm a binge writer.

Maggie said...

A page a day is a good goal, especially when the story is pouring out of you in the first draft. I, for one, have too much life going on right now to manage writing everyday. But, if have my current project on my mind everyday, I feel as if I'm writing on some level and serious about it all.

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