Write every day.
I don’t care if it’s hard, and I don’t care if you’re busy. We’re all busy.
Write every day.
If you give a shit about writing, you need to practice constantly.
In my last post on writing: Everyone Should Write, I mentioned the “writing muscle.” This is the muscle that you work out every time you put words on a page. As with any muscle, more use equates to more strength. The stronger your muscle, the more you can do with it. In this case, more words will be put onto the page, and they will become better and better.
“You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” -Jodi Picoult
What is a good starting point?
A good starting point is 1,000 words a day. Do I believe even one person reading this will actually begin writing 1,000 words a day? Maybe 1% of you.
A more realistic starting point would be 300 words a day, or about 1 page. With just a measly 300 words a day, you could write a 365 page book each year. Of course, that makes the assumption your writing muscle never gets stronger.
If you can get into the habit of writing 300 words each day for 2 weeks, you will begin to notice a funny thing. The longer you maintain this routine, the more words you will end up writing each day. I started at 300 words a day, and now I’ve worked up to about 800-1000 words a day. I’ve been writing daily for about 1 month, and my writing muscle has increased by 300%. #flex.
I happen to be inherently lazy, and I still get this done every single day.
What’s your excuse?
“It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.” – Gerald Brenan
So how do you motivate yourself?
Way Number 1: The Desire to Improve
As I’ve said already in this post, to get better you’ve got to practice.
Personally, I have a deep burning desire to become a good writer. At present, I consider myself a competent writer, and to become a good writer I have to put in the work. That is a primary motivation of mine.
Way Number 2: Constant Reminding
We are busy people. We have a lot going on in our lives, and sometimes we forget things. Don’t allow yourself to forget by setting reminders everywhere to get your writing done.
I have an app on my phone and on my internet browser that yells at me if I don’t write 300 words a day. This removes the possibility of forgetting. Everyday I have a to-do item to write 300 words. The app is called todoist. It’s worth a download.
This is simple motivation by just putting the responsibility at the forefront of your mind.
Way Number 3: Making Time
No matter how often you’re reminded of a task, you won’t do it if you don’t have the time for it. So schedule time! Everyone has room on their calendars to get more done. Cut out the Netflix for an hour and write.
I schedule time on my Google Calendar every day. 1 hour each day is set aside for writing. If you need more than an hour to finish your 300 words then take more than an hour.
Way Number 4: Accountability
Tell someone about your goal. I probably mention accountability in half of my posts because it works. Tell someone to ask about your writing each day, and answer their questions honestly.
It’s pretty simple really..
The steps I just described are very simple. So do it!
Work out your writing muscle each and every day, and eventually you’ll be a bad ass word churning machine.
This post is just one of my writing assignments today, and it’s currently sitting just over 500 words.
Now it’s your turn. Go write something, then share it with me.
If you need a place to write, start a blog. I’ve created a guide to show you how.
Write Every Day
“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” – Ray Bradbury
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