"You mean we have to write at least SIX HUNDRED WORDS PER WEEK!?!?"
It's really not all that much! It's just two or three pages! In order to get better we have to practice. In order to get ideas, we have to let them flow. So...
  1. Write 600+ words per week, Tuesday to Tuesday.
  2. The content doesn't matter, nor do the mechanics; however, the idea is to get material to develop into essays, so don't just "blah blah blah" all the time. No more than 50 words of "babbling" will be accepted.
  3. Keep everything you write; it may be useful as a starter for something else later on. The idea is that at least some of this writing will be revised into finished pieces. Soon you will have to start generating your own topics for writing, so use these warm ups and writing exercises as idea starters.
  4. Always write the date and the number of words on every page you write. Pages of writing without both date and number clearly marked will not be counted!
  5. When you're finished, count the words in a few lines, see what your "average" words per line is, count lines and multiply, to roughly count your number of words. There is no need to count every word! If you use your computer or Chromebook, the counting is done for you. (Also, be sure to both save AND PRINT whatever you write on your computer or Chromebook!)
  6. On Tuesday, on the last piece of writing you are counting for the week, make a little chart like this:
  7. Date
    Word Count:
    Total: 805
  8. Yes, you will receive extra credit for totals greater than 600!
  9. Remember that you eventually have to turn in essays in at least four of the styles of writing.
  10. Credit Chart:
    300 = 20/40
    400 = 30/40
    500 = 35/40
    600 = 40/40
    750 = 42/40
    900 = 44/40
    1000+ = 45/40
  12. Just write, baby. And print it. And count it. And keep it all in your folder.