A Little Anime Boy and A Strange Clown Magician Helped Me Write a 38,951-Word Book

Screen captured from YouTube

How did I end up writing a story over 38,000 words long? My original plan was to write a short story somewhere between 1,000 to 2,500 words. What I wrote instead was basically a book!

I used to believe I didn’t have enough “oomph” yet to write a full-length book.

A 3,000-word short story? Sure.

A 90-paged screenplay? Heck yeah!

A straight novella or novel? No way!

Now, I can’t say I can’t write books anymore. I can do it. It’s all about focus and determination.

It Started with Hunter x Hunter

Earlier this spring, my little sister introduced me to an anime called Hunter x Hunter. 12-year-old Gon Fleecs goes on a journey to become a Hunter and find his father, Ging. He meets some interesting characters along the way, including a strange clown magician named Hisoka. Apparently, people with strong fighting skills turn him on ( I don’t know understand, lol).

LOL wtf, Hisoka??? (Screen captured from YouTube)

Anyway, Hunter x Hunter had me hooked. I’m no stranger to writing fanfiction. I’ve done it with Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Overwatch. It was about time I’ve decided to write something with my newly beloved anime. My first Hunter x Hunter story was about a girl (the reader) with fire abilities. She slowly learns more about her powers and her family secrets as the story progresses.

For some reason, I kept adding more twists and turns into this story. About a month and a half later, I had a book in my hands. Since then, I have stopped doubting my writing abilities. I can do whatever I wanted as long as I was armed with my imagination, a pencil, fresh paper, and a trusty computer.

How to Reach 30,000+ Words

If you don’t believe you can write any story longer than 3,000 words, I need you to pound into your subconscious you can! Let’s say you have 30 days to write a 30,000-word book. It doesn’t have to be polished and perfect; you only need the first draft completed. This is how I made my epic story come to life.

1. Create a Massive Outline

My story outline was 14 pages long. Each chapter listed had bullet points describing all the actions and events.

Details matter. The longer your outline, the more you’ll be able to write in your first draft. It took me two days to create my outline before I officially began my story.

2. Write 1,000 Words a Day

My morning schedule began with waking at 4 am, exercising, showering, and writing 1,000 words before doing anything else in the day. If I didn’t meet my daily 1,000-word mark, I would add the remaining words for the next day. Here’s a small sample of my daily writings from April 2021:

  • 4/12/21: 1,206
  • 4/13/21: 1,116
  • 4/15/21: 828
  • 4/16/21: 533
  • 4/17/21: 2,689
  • 4/18/21: 1,017
  • 4/20/21: 2,030
  • 4/21/21: 1,024
  • 4/22/21: 1,022
My daily word counts from April (picture taken by author)

You can set up a smaller daily writing goal or a higher one if you want. Do whatever works out best for you.

3. No Distractions

No TV, social media, gaming, music, nothing! It was only me in my quiet bedroom. I didn’t stop typing when I was in flow mode.

4. Journaling

A little bit of journaling before I began any of my writing projects always got me in the writing mood. It’s like warming up before you do your full workout in the gym.

5. 90 minutes of Writing

I typed up my story for 90 minutes straight, with bathroom and water breaks (of course). I made sure I drank water every 30 minutes during my sessions. A while back, it used to take me an entire day to reach 1,000 words. Now, 90 minutes is all need. It all depends on how much you know your story too.

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

Don’t feel bad if you’ve never written a book before. Writing takes time and consistent practice. I didn’t realize I could do it until an anime inspired me to. Remember these writing tips to expand your writing horizons:

  • Create a huge, detailed outline
  • Journal
  • Give yourself at least 90 minutes to write
  • Set daily word count goals
  • Remove pesky distractions.

You’ll get there. It doesn’t matter if the story sucks monkey balls. You only need to get the first draft out of your mind and into your computer.

I’ll eventually post my story on Tumblr or Archives of Our Own (A03). I’m happy to realize I have leveled up in the writing world. With my imagination, I can bring anything to life. No matter how many words it’ll take.

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