The 1 Page Principle is a very sound way of tackling any and all writing projects. Whether you’re referring to a book, a screenplay or something you want to write for a website or blog post, the one page per day principle is a great tool to have your ‘juices flow’ and actually get you going by setting the bar very low.
Some people may reduce this to the one sentence principle or ideal, but that’s ridiculous. Unless of course you’re a poet and you need the lines to be perfect but by and large, your audience wants a mixture of profundity and volume rather than just something profound.
The 1 Page Principle: Basics
Begin today by sitting somewhere, or standing, the choice is yours, and simply placing your thought to paper or to a keyboard. From there, see where you can go. The idea is to get into the practice of doing rather than planning. Four hundred pages worth of notes aren’t the same as a four hundred page first draft which can then be revised into a perfect 90 page screenplay or a 300 page novel. Who knows where it will end up? If you don’t write anything you can be certain of the result.
Once you develop this rhythm it actually becomes very easy to keep going, but it’s the habit that needs creating. Get used to writing daily, even at that 1 page principle minimum. If you write more, fantastic! Keep going. Let that flow continue until the thoughts are out, festering and formulating something new. Just don’t be one of those writers that has plenty of great ideas but no worthwhile work to show.
Many people undervalue how great amounts of minimal effort compound and become something significant. Just a page a day is 365 in a year, and more is of course more. Start honing the 1 page principle discipline and get your work off the ground. Everyone that you know is sick of waiting and are hungry to devour your work (even if it’s sub par, they can respect that you tried at least).
“Jumping from failure to failure with undiminished enthusiasm is the big secret to success.” Savas Dimopoulos
*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?