Monday, December 14, 2020

How to Make 2000 Words a Day a Habit

Writing 2000 words on a keyboard takes a lot longer than transferring those thoughts into dictation.  And even longer if you're writing them out by hand on paper.

But we're going to look at typing them out on your computer screen.

Once you get a grasp of the principles of writing, you can master the process and learn how to speed it up.

Here are some techniques to help you write 2000 words a day.Takes Notes Like a Crazy Person, and Mind Map

I love learning about new things, ideas, ways to improve my life, and so I'm constantly taking notes.  Writing things down so that I don't forget, or bookmarking for later.  

I have a Fire tablet, and laptop and use both of those alongside my writing, and would be lost without them.

All the time spent pouring over information, articles and blog posts goes into the books I write and blog posts I publish.  Writing requires oodles of information, and mind mapping.

What is Mind Mapping?

Mind mapping is a tool for the brain that captures the thinking that goes on inside your head.   Mind mapping helps you think, collect knowledge, remember and create ideas.  In the long term it will make you a better thinker. (Excerpt from simplemind.eu).

You don't need to be organized to create a mind map, it just needs to mirror your information so that you won't forget and can work through the thoughts you've written down more proficiently.

There'd be more published authors if writers could figure out exactly what they wanted to write every day.

This is where you take your mind map and put into an organised and concise plan for your blog post or book.

It's much easier to do this on paper, than on your computer.

It's best to sort out your ideas into the most relevant first, then gradually go down to the least at the end.

Use bullet points to expand on each idea as you go, this shouldn't take you too long, and get easier once you get into creating your map.

Use the Pomodoro Technique

This technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, using a timer to break down work into intervals of 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks.  

At the end of each session you reward yourself with a 5 minute break, the psychological effects of this technique will work wonders on your writing production time.

It's up to you how many words you decide to write in that time frame, but you can use the technique to stretch out your time, or shorten it a little if you prefer.  Either way you should start to find your writing habits starting to change.

Ask Yourself Questions to Stimulate Ideas

Every non-fiction book asks a question, as do articles and blog posts, so why not use this as another way to encourage your flow of ideas.

The most basic questions such as why? What if? How so?

All of these questions appear at some point during a blog post, book or article.

You can find an abundance of answers if you start asking yourself questions, you may discover that the areas you start covering are ones you're having problems with in your own writing or blogging.

Chances are most of the questions you ask will be scrutinised by plenty of other people just like you trying to find the answer.


 Learn How to Type

Not many people write a book with pen and paper anymore, and not many of us own a typewriter.  But knowing how to type gives you an edge, and speed to get things done more efficiently and quicker.

My college days were spent learning how to type the old fashioned way, on a typewriter, not looking at the keyboard.  It took a number of months before I really started to get a feel for the qwerty keyboard, but I mastered it, and now more than ever helps me get my thoughts on the screen much quicker.   

It's a skill I wouldn't be without today, especially writing weekly blog posts, and writing books.

There are various ways to learn how to type, via books, or courses.

Check out my blog post on typing The Benefits of Touch Typing for Writers.

When it comes to writing, you need to choose the best time.  A time of day when you're going to be the most alert and focused.  

A time when you feel fresh, and not too tired, because negativity and tiredness can start to take it's toll on you and your work.  Until eventually you burn out, and your momentum stops.

Other Things You Can Try

Make It Fun, and Turn It Into a Challenge

Fit as any 25 minute sessions into your week as you can, and give yourself a small reward.

Create a grid of boxes, filling in a box everytime you complete a session.  You'll see just how much ground you've covered by the amount of boxes you've filled in.

Make your workspace comfortable, with a cup of coffee or tea prepared before you sit down to work.  This will save you time and won't eat into your writing time.

Make It Happen

It takes dedication and discipline to finish any writing project.  Make the effort to show up everyday, and everything else will fall into place.

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