Wednesday, October 24, 2018

How to Write 2000 Words a Day


Having a fixed writing goal each day is as important as all of your other daily habits.  By setting a particular rhythm you can start building your writing stamina, and start exploring your writing range.

If you struggle to write as much as that, try writing 500 words a day, it's a good place to start and you can gradually build up to 2000 words.

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 conflicted as you write those words, welcome to the writing resistance syndrome club. You're probably thinking you have to take care of the kids, have a job, make the dinner, or check on your social media.

Even without kids or pets everyone has responsibilities they need to take care of during the day.  It's easy to waste time when you have devices and the TV at your fingertips.

Inside your head you probably think you can write page after page, but you discover the reality is very different.

So how do 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:
  • Distraction.
  • Renting a cabin in the woods.
  • Cutting off the internet. 
  • Burying all devices.
1. Writer's Block is a Myth

Everyone gets tired and finds writing difficult, it doesn't make it a block.  If your mind is blank in a particular topic try doing something else.  Don't worry if your writing is rubbish, write anyway.  Be creative, read a book, take a walk, or just take a break and stretch your legs.  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 to begin with,  but it's there.  When you're in full writing flow don't interrupt it, and don't take a break until its finished. The more you write the more you'll hear it.  You can take your breaks, be distracted, but don't do it when your writing voice is in full 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.

4. Do 500 Words a Session

You don't have to write 2000 words in one go.  Break it up into chunks of 500 words.

5. Know What You're Going to Write Tomorrow

A strategy used by Ernest Hemingway, "When you're going good stop writing."  Keep a notepad by your side on your desk at all times.  Carry a notebook during the day, is also a good idea.

6. Use Email to Write Your Ideas Down

A simple trick to write down your thoughts on a platform that you use everyday.

7. Write Your Ideas on Index Cards

These can be used for both fiction and non fiction writing.  You can order and reorder your plot points, and characters.  Or you can write down your paragraph headings if you're writing non-fiction.
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