As per one of my goals now that I’m a “full-time writer,” I’ve picked up 750 Words again. Now, for me, especially since I’m a fast typer, it usually only takes me about 15 minutes to write up 750 words. I have a bazillion ideas in my head at any given time, so the words flow pretty easily once I get started, I just got distracted in the past year and never took those fifteen minutes to just churn out some words, and that’s a shame. It’s a great exercise, a fantastic habit, and some really great stuff can come out of what you write there. My retelling of Goldilocks, “Just Right,” was composed in about a week of 750 words. It’s also a great tool for NaNoWriMo.
This morning, I tried to recreate something I’ve already written, which felt a little bit like cheating, and wasn’t very effective, anyway, since I like the original better. I blame watching The 100 with my parents last night; it got me in a certain mood, and that mood involved digging up a space cowboy plot I have in the back of my head. But then I got to thinking that perhaps I need to just focus on a “750 Words Novel.” Not something I’ve scribbled on paper before, but something that will hop up out of the process much like “Just Right” did. I like the idea, and today will be about thinking of a plot to go along with it.
Not only that, but I’ve decided to restrict myself to only 750 words. Naturally, you can go over. In fact, I usually do, because I always want my average to be higher than the average of overall users, which requires about 1000 words per day. But I think it would be interesting to see how restricting myself to only 750 words would be like. I mean 750 ONLY, too. Cut off in the middle of the sentence, have to pick up on it the next day. I always seem to work most effectively when I give myself weird little restrictions, so I’m eager to see how this pans out.
Anyone else out there use 750 Words? Do you use it more as a diary or journal, or do you use it to brainstorm or write up whole stories? What’s some of the best things to come out of your 750 Words experience? And, if you’re not currently a part of 750 Words, why not?