Terry Pratchett's Silhouette

The Pratchett Principle

400 words a day will get you there.

“For more than three years I wrote more than 400 words every day. I mean, every calendar day. If, in those pre-portable days, I couldn’t get to a keyboard, I wrote hard the previous night and caught up the following day, and if it ever seemed that it was easy to do the average I upped the average.”

Sir Terry Pratchett

Just 400. That’s the deal Sir Terry Pratchett made with himself back when he decided to become a professional writer, back when he still had a day job and all the usual responsibilities that pull us away from creation.

He chose to sit down, no matter how tired he was, and write 400 words.

400 words a day. Do you know how short that is? That’s an average of 3 minutes of talking.You could literally open up an app on your phone and speak 400 words of or about your next story in 3 minutes.

400 words a day.

Sir Terry worked his way from that to Discworld. He worked his way from that to 34 books.

400 words a day. They don’t have to be good words. DO NOT EDIT THEM while you’re writing them. Get to 400 first before going back or you’ll get stuck in an editing loop.

You can do this, fellow writer. Sit down today, write your 400 words, and know that you’re on your way to making your world.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top