Writers and bloggers write; it’s what we do best.
However, the less we sit down, glue our butt to the chair, focus, and produce written work, the more daunting writing becomes.
Success as a writer is inevitable…if you set a word or page quota every day and meet that quota. That’s how you catapult your hopes and aspirations into reality and become a blogger and author…now.
There’s always time to write if you consciously decide to make that time. You can complete your next book in as little as a month if you use the following strategies and tactics, which will help you write consistently.
Set A Daily Writing Quota
Set a minimum and maximum amount of words to write each day. Always aim for the maximum, but don’t expect to hit it every single day.
Know your desired word count for your book; this way you can plan your daily quota accordingly. If you want to produce a 60,000-word book, for example, and you want to finish the first draft (or blog the first draft) in three months, you need to write 700 words per day each week for that period. If you want to blog or write a 5,000-word book in a month, you need to produce 167 words per day each week during those 30 days.
The only person who cares about your word quota is you. Ardently pursue meeting that quota—whether it is 300 or 3,000 words per day—with relentless drive and determination. Produce words under any circumstances. Your future as a blogger and author depends upon it.
Begin the Day Writing
The best writing practice involves waking up an hour or two earlier than normal to write. You’ll discover that you have fewer distractions in the morning because nobody is awake to disrupt you. Utilize and harness this golden time to churn out blog posts. With the day ahead still a blank slate, you can focus without thinking about what has happened or will happen; the more focused you are, the more productive you will become.
The moment you wake up and get out of bed, write—before you do anything. Write 200 to 500 words to get the creative process flowing smoothly. This practice is a great addition to your morning routine.
The first few days of writing in the morning and striving to meet a quota may feel slower than others; start off small, and steadily build up from there. As you continue this routine, the words will fill up the pages in abundance. And writing gets easier if you stick to a routine. One day off alters your ability to achieve your goals.
Start with a Writing Schedule
Set aside a minimum of two hours each day to dedicate towards your writing pursuits. This discipline is imperative, the only route towards success as an author is production. Ensure you drill this thought into your head; without it, you won’t achieve greatness.
Lay out your schedule the day before and dedicate specific hours of the day when you will sit down to write. Writing must be treated like a job for it to be completed.
Understand how to implement schedule variations when unexpected circumstances arise. Lack of motivation is a warranted response when life becomes overwhelming, but don’t get discouraged.
Continuously put in the hours. There’s always time to write if you consciously make an effort to do so.
When Writing Seems Tough, Write More
Some days it may feel impossible to continue with your writing process or schedule. On such days, write for longer periods of time than on other days. The words may flow slowly, but you can still be productive.
Navigate through the struggle, turmoil, and unpredictable events life throws at you. Productive writing is based on three vital components:
- personal development
- habitual states
Work through the issues that make it difficult for you to focus and stay committed to your writing and blogging. Develop thoughts and beliefs that support your efforts. And create habits, like your morning writing routine, that help you continue blogging and writing your book.
External factors are out of your control at times. That’s why internally you must develop the strength to persevere. Tell yourself that writing is more important than what’s happening around you.
You can write or blog a book if you break the job into manageable word quotas. Then meet those quotas every day.
Consistency is key. Persistence and tenacity keep your fingers moving on the keyboard.
Do you use daily word quotas, and do they help you achieve your writing goals?
About the Author
Kyle Bell is an author, publisher, and serial entrepreneur. Scotian Breeze is the movement. Treasure Words Publishing is the company. His poetic flair is an unstinting microcosm of well-crafted words. He focuses on writing numerous novels in various genres by producing an imprint to the world that’s unforgettable and beloved.