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A Million Words

There seems to be no agreement on which author first said a writer had to write their “first million words” before they were really ready to write. Some attribute it to Ray Bradbury, while others cite Elmore Leonard namechecking John D. McDonald. I was certain it was Kurt Vonnegut, because he gives so much good advice. Whoever said it, I’m happy to reach my own million-word milestone. While I might not count them, draft after draft, I have proof of them in the form of morning pages: a million words, typed over my first cup of tea. Want your own badge? Join in at As for me, I’ll see you in the morning – doing pages!

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  1. Congrats to you, Peggy! I’m sure I’ve already passed the one-million mark years ago… but it was mostly copy writing and SEO stuff, which I’m not going to count. Currently I’ve got almost 100k words on my WIP, and that means I had better keep typing 😉

    October 31, 2019
    • Yes, keep typing! Keep going!

      October 31, 2019

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