How to Break Down Huge Writing Projects into Smaller Sessions

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Are you ready to write the 2,000-word article your client requested? What about the 4,000-word eBook due next week?

Welcome to the writers’ world. Sometimes, you’ll land opportunities to write only 500-word articles. Other gigs require lengthier content: buyer’s guides, case studies, white papers, eBooks, and more.

At first, writing over your comfortable word limits may be overwhelming.

Are you expected to write 1,000+ words per post? Don’t stress out trying to do it all in the last minute. You can always break down your writing goals into smaller sessions.

Writing Sessions?

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For a while, I’ve been accomplishing my daily 1,000-word goal. My next challenge: 1,200 words. I can construct my goal into smaller goals or “sessions.”

I can write 600 words, take a break, and write another 600. Boom, 1,200 words done! I can go even smaller if I have the time. For example:

1,200 words

  • 100 words (12 sessions)
  • 120 words (10 sessions)
  • 200 words (6 sessions)
  • 240 words (5 sessions)
  • 300 words (4 sessions)
  • 400 words (3 sessions)
  • 600 words (2 sessions)

If you’re going for the standard 1,000-word goal, you can break it down like this:

1,000 words

  • 100 words (10 sessions)
  • 200 words (5 sessions)
  • 250 words (4 sessions)
  • 500 words (2 sessions)

Sometimes, you don’t have all day dedicated to your writing goals. You might have a day job to attend to, kids to look after, and other priorities. Sessions can always be broken down into days if it’s more compatible to you.

How to Break Down an eBook Project?

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If your client is giving you a decent amount of time to work on an assigned eBook (let’s say 3,000 words), you can arrange writing sessions like so:

3,000-word eBook

  • 100 words (30 sessions)
  • 120 words (25 sessions)
  • 150 words (20 sessions)
  • 200 words (15 sessions)
  • 250 words (12 sessions)
  • 300 words (10 sessions)
  • 375 words (8 sessions)
  • 500 words (6 sessions)
  • 600 words (5 sessions)
  • 750 words (4 sessions)
  • 1000 words (3 sessions)
  • 1500 words (2 sessions)

If you’re on a tight schedule, you’re better off starting at 500 words per session.

Yo, I Got Skyscraper Posts to Do!

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If you want to know the details about “skyscraper” content, check out Brian Dean of Backlinko. Skyscraper content word counts vary. Some start at 2,500 words and higher.

If you’re working on a 5,000-word article, create these sessions:

Skyscraper Content (5,000 words)

  • 100 words (50 sessions)
  • 200 words (25 sessions)
  • 250 words (20 sessions)
  • 500 words (10 sessions)
  • 625 words (8 sessions)
  • 1,000 words (5 sessions)
  • 1,250 words (4 sessions)
  • 2,500 words (2 sessions)

Starting at 100–250 words may be a bit excessive. You may begin at these levels if it’s a personal project and you have plenty of extra time on your hands.

For All of the Scriptwriters Out There

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Don’t worry, I got you covered. Since I’ve been scriptwriting for over ten years, I understand the urge to write a two-hour (120 paged) script after watching an inspiring movie in one day. It rarely works (unless you’re a scriptwriting master wizard).

Here’s what you can do for your 30, 45, 60, 90, and 120 paged scripts:

30 page script

  • 2 pages (15 sessions)
  • 3 pages (10 sessions)
  • 5 pages (6 sessions)
  • 6 pages (5 sessions)
  • 10 pages (3 sessions)
  • 15 pages (2 sessions)

45 page script

  • 3 pages (15 sessions)
  • 5 pages (9 sessions)
  • 9 pages (5 sessions)
  • 15 sessions (3 sessions)

60 page script

  • 2 pages (30 sessions)
  • 3 pages (20 sessions)
  • 4 pages (15 sessions)
  • 5 pages (12 sessions)
  • 6 pages (10 sessions)
  • 10 pages (6 sessions)
  • 12 pages (5 sessions)
  • 15 pages (4 sessions)
  • 20 pages (3 sessions)
  • 30 pages (2 sessions)

90 page script

  • 2 pages (45 sessions)
  • 3 pages (30 sessions)
  • 5 pages (18 sessions)
  • 9 pages (10 sessions)
  • 10 pages (9 sessions)
  • 15 pages (6 sessions)
  • 18 pages (5 sessions)
  • 30 pages (3 sessions)
  • 45 pages (2 sessions)

120 page script (starting at 10 pages)

  • 10 pages (12 sessions)
  • 12 pages (10 sessions)
  • 15 pages (8 sessions)
  • 20 pages (6 sessions)
  • 24 pages (5 sessions)
  • 30 pages (4 sessions)
  • 40 pages (3 sessions)
  • 60 pages (2 sessions) ✨for the script wizards

Conclusion

Congrats! You learned many techniques on breaking down long-form articles, eBooks, and scripts into smaller writing goals (sessions). Feel more confident with your writing projects now?

Remember, words aren’t everything if they don’t provide value to the reader. Quality over quantity!

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