Saturday, September 12, 2015

7 Tricks to Getting Yourself to Write More

Every writer has her or his little bag of tricks to get themselves to write more. Here are 7 tricks that I personally love, especially number 4.

1. Create a Set Time to Write

Choose a time to write. If you must, plan on getting up earlier in the morning and schedule that extra time for writing. Set a daily writing schedule for yourself and keep to it.

2. Make it a Habit

Make writing a habit, along with all of your other habits. Tag it on to another habit you currently have. For example, if you get up in the morning and make yourself a cup of coffee, start sitting down at your computer with your coffee and begin writing. According to many, morning coffee and writing go hand in hand.

3. Become Your Own Employee

Hire yourself to write a book and become your own employee. Set standards, expectations, and hours for yourself. Hold yourself accountable.

4. Set an Easy Minimum Daily Word Count

Set a low minimum daily word count for yourself. For example, if you want to write an 80,000 word novel in one year, that will equal roughly 220 words a day. Set up a chart or spreadsheet for yourself showing each day and 220. Example:

Day 1 - 220 words
Jan. 1 - 220 words

Once you have the minimum word count you need to do each day, your next step is to exceed that number. Let’s say that you wrote 500 words yesterday. You were able to cross off the day’s word count PLUS you got to cross off the last day on your list, making the time to finish your book one day shorter. If you go nuts one day and write 2,000 words, you get to cross off that day’s word count PLUS 8 days at the end of your list. The more work you do, the less time it will take to finish off your book, and since 220 words a day is an easy goal to reach, you can keep yourself easily motivated.

5. Keep Track of Your Daily Word Count

At the end of each day, write the day’s word count on a calendar. Keep track of how many words you write each day and challenge yourself to write more, even if it is just another 5 words.

6. Break Writing Time Into Blocks

Give yourself breaks while you are writing. Some writers like to write for 30 minute blocks and then give themselves 10 to 15 minutes to do something else before returning to write for another half hour. Test this method out and see how it works for you. For some, it is a great way for them to catch up on laundry and cleaning while keeping to a writing schedule.

7. Go Offline

Going offline is about the easiest way to get yourself to write more. I discovered long ago that whenever the internet was down, my daily word count tripled. These days I just turn off my internet connection and I don’t allow myself to turn it back on until I reach my writing goals.

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