I believe it is of utmost importance for writers to write every day. Does this sound like a daunting challenge to you?
It probably does…because it did for me. However, here is the good news…
As I thought about it for a while, I discovered that it is absolutely on the right track.
So, here is the challenge that I will be participating in and that I encourage you to participate in come January 1st!
THERE IS ONE PURPOSE TO THIS CHALLENGE. FOLLOW THROUGH ON ONE WRITING GOAL FOR A FULL YEAR.
I suggest that you start small. Here are a few tips.
1. Determine your small mini-writing challenge. Make sure that you could write the amount of words that you decide to for the challenge—even on your busiest days.
2. Plan to write in long-hand in a notebook so that not having computer access is an excuse.
3. Plan to write every day regardless. Even if you only write ONE word….that is okay. It is still progress.
4. Accountability is the key to success as well. So, we will have a daily thread set up via email or yahoo groups.
Just in case you need a refresher…here are a few points on how to write consistently…
There are many reasons why writers have a difficult time to be consistent with their writing times. Many beginning writers are all-or-nothing writers. This especially occurs if writers are constantly disturbed by their family and other activities, or if they suffer from burn out.
Some writers are overwhelmed by the devastating effects of setting boundaries around their writing time. The good news is that there are many things that writers can do to overcome it. The trick is to try to do something about the problem before it gets to be a real problem.
Here are THREE tips that help you become a much more consistent writer:
1. Give yourself permission to write
Many writers feel guilty when they sit down to write. They figure that there is so much to do and so many places to go. This is especially the case if the writer is part of a family of non-writers—which covers most of us. We want to write. But our family always wants to be going to and doing something other than write.
The best way to handle this situation is to give yourself permission to write, every day, even if you’re experiencing family pressures. You may do this by telling your family that you won’t be joining them for some of their activities and outings. And then while your family is away, you could do your writing for the day. You must be serious about your writing in order for family to take your writing seriously.
2. Don’t be an all-or-nothing writer
Many writers write for four hours one day and then don’t write at all the next few days. This kind of haphazardness and inconsistency with your writing time can paralyze your productivity levels over time. Further, the lack of consistency in your writing routine can really put a damper on any kind of consistent productivity as well.
So, the best way to eliminate inconsistency is to try to write every day. Even if you only write for a half an hour to an hour, it is important that you simply sit down and write. Don’t let anything stop you. There is nothing that can stop inconsistency more readily and successfully than writing every day. You’ll be in the habit of writing and you will enjoy the process of writing.
3. Set consistent times to write, even if you don’t feel like it
Many writers aren’t able to write consistently. Instead, they find sporadic times to write, on sporadic projects. This kind of inconsistency can cause a lot of disorganization and psychological dislocation for writers. In addition, I think it is important for writers to get into the habit of writing. And nothing can eliminate inconsistency faster than learning to take your writing seriously.
So, here is the challenge just to give you an example.
1. My mini-writing challenge is to write 365 Inspirations.
2. I will write 300 words every day for this mini-challenge.
3. I will write it my notebook.
4. I will write every morning after breakfast or evening before bed.
5. I will not miss one day.
6. I will continue to write, regardless of how I feel—no excuses.
Would you like to participate in this challenge with me starting January 1st?
Here is all you need to do?
1. Email me at Issroth@yahoo.ca by December 30th and let me know that you would like to participate in this challenge. Just put Writing Mini-challenge for 2016 in the subject line.
2. When you email me, let me know what your mini-challenge is? To determine your mini-challenge, determine how many words you can write every day without fail. For me it is 300 words. I feel confident that I can write that amount—even on weekends. You may want to keep the word count low at first. So, what is your word count?
3. Set up your files and notebook in December. By the time January 1st rolls around, you will be ready to start.
4. When I receive your email, I will set up a daily reminder for all of you to complete your goals. Once you complete your goal, email the group and let us know. That way, we could inspire each other to write.
I hope you decide to take this challenge along with me. Not will you have your best writing year yet if you participate in this challenge but you will be more self-confident and successful too.
To your success!
Irene S. Roth