Getting back to 750 Words

Many years ago, I discovered the site This was an invaluable resource to writing the first draft of my chapter books.

The idea behind this site is simple – you write a minimum of 750 words each day.

I would break down my chapter books so that each chapter was around 750 words, and then write a chapter a day until the story was done. As I went, I would print out the chapter and either read & write on that draft at the time, or my kids would read it & add their comments, or I would go through the whole story at the end.

Once this draft was complete, I would rewrite the story into a Word document, adding in the changes needed, including any plot points that needed to be added, and there was my first draft.

Over the last few years, I haven’t been using for my chapter books. I have been writing here and there, but nothing that’s really stuck. Today, I decided to get back to and work on a new chapter book. I could have worked on ones that I had already started, however I wanted to start with a clean slate.

I have wish that there was an option to have ‘projects’ in this program so that I could work on more than one story at a time & start a new 750 words file in the same day to work on another project, or even just the option for another 750 words on the days I’m inspired to write more than one chapter a day. I have no idea if this was part of me not using it for a while or not… I have no idea. Anyway, I’m back using it again.

During Virtual Writers Group last week, I created a Book Dragon, so I’m working on that. I’ve written the first chapter & am on to the second. Let’s see how this goes.

The fact that I like seeing the progress boxes getting ticked every day certainly helps my progress. Fingers crossed I make good progress and there’s another chapter book on the way.

Do you have tools like this to help you get your writing done?

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover
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