Let’s do this easily!
I am new to this. I haven’t published any books. I am even still working on my second book, while I haven’t even finished my first. No, I also don’t have thousands of followers.
However, I do notice that my reach is growing. I am on my way. And that is because I continue to write more and more stories, and get better at writing them along the way.
I can’t make myself write 1000 or 1500 words a day. I’m sorry, I still have to eat, drink, work and water my plants. I have the utmost respect for writers who can write that amount of words a day. Good for them! Sometimes I am too tired to put a single decent word on paper. Sometimes it simply doesn’t work.
I did notice a difference.
If I don’t write for, let’s say, a week the threshold to start writing again is that much higher. However, when I write an article every 2/3 days and work on my deadlines, I will be much more inspired and inclined to write. The last time I was even able to write two articles in one day which felt like such an accomplishment. It even made me feel hopeful I could finish my first book in the next six months.
It’s all about consistency. Consistency is the hidden key to take your writing serious.
What to write about, however, that is also tricky. If you constantly start looking for things to write about, actually writing about it becomes a challenge.
I once tried to write prose about the most difficult topics in life, because I felt that my writing needed to be graceful and perfect. While I am not even into that whole genre. I was sitting behind my laptop every night, looking more and more like a zombie, thinking I could come up with the best things. When I finished it and read it I immediately knew: ‘Never do this again’.
It was great to learn that you can can’t write about things that are not your cup of tea. This threshold: ‘What should I, as a writer, write about?’ can easily make you think you have a writer’s block. Well, let me tell you this, there is no such thing as a writer’s block.
Your simple thoughts are a great source of inspiration.
What I noticed is that throughout the day I think about all sorts of things. Those thoughts are a source of inspiration and become topics to write about. That is something you can do as well!
Okay, so you don’t have to write about the ugly things to pop into your head from time to time; about those long lines at the register and why some people can sometimes be such a drag. Or, did I just do that?
Your thoughts can be your guideline, the thing that helps you deal with whatever is going on inside your mind. It can even be things you are passionate about. Daily topics that keep you up at night. Write about it.
As such I got this urge to keep up my habit of writing at least every 2/3 days because it did help me write more good articles. I also got the urge to share this tip with other writers.
My two best tips are:
- Write at least every 2/3 days. You will actually enjoy writing without having to look at the word count every two minutes to see if you have already reached your deadline.
- Write about things that come to mind. But not about the ugly things okay? Promise me!
You don’t have to write 5000 or even 1000 words a day. It is great if you can, but you can also make it as a writer if you can’t. After all, there’s more than one way to be successful.
What is your greatest tip? I would love to hear it. Please share it with me in the comment section below.
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