I decided fairly recently that I really needed to set myself a new goal. Something that would both encourage me and motivate me more.
That's when I came up with writing 2000 words a day, as a start and something I could build on as times goes by.
I want to motivate anyone who reads my blog to put away all excuses and start writing more. Even if its 500 words a day, that's a good start and something you can build up gradually.
You could use it to write your daily journal, your dreams, your plans or even that novel you've been wanting to write.
If you feel yourself opposing those words as you read them, welcome to the Writing Resistance Syndrome club! You're probably thinking you have to take care of the kids: you have a job; you have the dinner to make: you need to check on your social media.
I don't have kids or any pets, but I do have responsibilities I need to take care of during the day. Don't think that every day is productive for me, because it can be anything but. It's easy to waste time when you have devices and the TV at your fingertips.
Inside you head you probably think you can write page after page, but you discover the reality is very different.
So how to you write more than 2000 words a day when every fiber of your being is telling you to resist?
Things you don't need to worry about:
- You don't need to worry about distraction.
- You don't need to rent a cabin in the woods.
- You don't need to cut off the internet. That's insane!
- You don't need to bury your iPhone.
Everyone gets tired and finds writing difficult, it doesn't make it a block. If your mind is blank in a particular topic try something else. Don't worry if your writing is rubbish, write anyway. Be more creative if you can't think of a single word, don't restrain yourself. Read books, take a walk. Never say its writer's block. By giving this myth power you've destroyed your ability to write consistently.
2. Don't Stop the Writing Flow
When you start writing your inner writing voice comes out, it can seem a little faint sometimes but it's there. When you're in full writing flow don't interrupt it. Don't take a break until its finished its say. The more you write the more you'll hear it. You can take your breaks, be distracted, but don't do it when the writing voice is in its flow.
3. Don't Go to Bed Until You've Written 2000 Words
This gives you a full day, but make sure you get 2000 words in! If your favourite TV soap or drama series is on, make sure you write 2000 words. Keep telling yourself you will get those 2000 words a day done, and don't take no for an answer.
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