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One million words

I’ve heard it said that a writer must write 1,000,000 words to reach competency as a writer (there are a few candidates for who first said it). A couple of years ago I worked out I’d written about half that. Since then I’ve not written much, certainly not enough to get to 600,000.

It is debateable whether that million word mark means anything. Certainly for some it could be more and for some it could be less. I dare say, too, that it assumes writing in long form – novels, serials, novellas at the very least – rather than short form such as flash fiction and short stories, even novelettes.

Still, a million words. It’s got a nice ring to it. A challenge. A long-term goal, perhaps.

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