How to Write a Novel in 30 Day, Tip #2, Setting Goals

Writing a novel in 30 days is easier if you set goals.

50,000 words in 30 days is less than 1700 words a day. Keep in mind you don’t have to write it in thirty consecutive days. You can space it out, but if too much time lapses between scenes you might forget the story, who’s point-of-view you were writing in, what the characters were supposed to do, what they had done, or what they needed to do.

You could write 1700 words a week and have the FIRST DRAFT of your novel done in seven months.

If you write 1700 words twice a week you could have your FIRST DRAFT done in three and a half months.

The video below is intended to give you a tip on how to write fast–to finish that FAST DRAFT.

Think:  GREEN. GO!

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Here’s a screen shot of the SEARCH in DOCUMENT bar I mention in the video. Does it look familiar? It will help you FIND what you’re looking for in your document. It helps me find the places I need to get back to in my rewrite stage.

(It also helps me search for words like:  FEEL, LOOKED –those words I use too often –and replace them. But that’s for another post.)

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Today’s tip is in the video below. It’s a short one–a little more than two minutes. I hope it helps you to KEEP WRITING. The trick is not to stop.

Have you used this tool before? Or do you prefer another?

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  1. I love the article. I never thought about setting mini goals until now. Thank you!

    • Hi Allen –
      I’m delighted that this tip helped you. I’ve been doing a series here on how to write a novel in 30 days. I’m working on tip #6 this week. When you have time stop back and read the other tips. I hope they all help. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. […] tips coming soon. To find the other tips in this series click on each one: Tip #2 Setting Goals HERE, Tip #3 Which Scene Should You Write HERE, and Tip  #4 […]

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