There’s a writing pearl of wisdom that states you need to write a million words before you actually know what you’re doing. This is often accompanied by advice to throw out the first millions words. I guess I can’t really speak on this because I’ve only written about 220,000 words of fiction since I started 5 years ago. I’d say the biggest leap of improvement was in those first 100,000 words. When I left fanfiction I pulled down all of my stories, partly because I didn’t see the point in keeping a crappy unfinished story publicly posted. I’m not going into the other reasons I removed my stories in this post. But I want to keep it to have as a reference point.
I’m still improving, and I guess that I’ll be much better after a million words, but I’m not willing to accept that I need to write a million words before I write something worthy of seeing the light of day. I write really slow too. Well, I used to write fast when my fiction sounded like this blog XD I mean I guess it doesn’t matter how true it is or not because I’m always giving it my best effort, and really that’s all you can do. I’m just curious to hear other’s thoughts on this. I don’t know, maybe after a million words I’ll change my mind. At my current writing pace that will be another 15-20 years.