I don’t care what anyone else says. 1000 words is a lot to write in a day.
I know there are many writers who can sit down for an hour and bash out 2,000+.
I am not one of those writers and I’m guessing since you’re here, you aren’t either.
But that’s okay. Just because we find it a little more challenging getting those words on the page, doesn’t mean we can’t make progress in our books every day.
So far, I’m writing around 1000-1400 words per day.
The tips that I am going to share with your today are simple, effective and you can begin implementing them today and start making real progress in your novel.
If you’ve set yourself the goal of writing 50,000 words (1,667 words a day), keep reading as these tips can pretty much be applied to any daily word count goal.
Cover that Word Count
When I first started writing I became obsessed with my daily word count. I would see these writers on Youtube, Instagram and Twitter talk about how they had written 2,000, 4,000 or 6,000 words of their novel and they would do this almost EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
I wanted to do this, too.
I mean who wouldn’t?!
Trouble is, I became so obsessed with the word count that my eyes would flick down to the bottom of the screen after every sentence I wrote. It became an obsession. A distraction. An obstacle to my writing.
I’m pretty sure on some of those days I spent more time calculating how many words I had written than actually writing.
Does this sound familiar?
Don’t worry! I’ve got a pretty simple solution.
Just cut up a sticky note and cover your word count at the beginning of every writing session.
I know! Genius!
But in all seriousness. Just covering up the word count works. It stops your eyes from wandering away from your story. Meaning you spend more time writing those words and less time counting them.
Split Your Writing Sessions Up
This is, without a doubt, the NUMBER 1 mistake I made when I first started writing.
I would carve out an hour or two each day (in the morning or evening, whatever my schedule would allow) and sit down in front of my laptop and try to write 1000 words in a single writing session.
It takes a lot of discipline and concentration to write that many words in one go.
And if I am being honest, it’s just something I am not capable of doing right now.
I tend to run out of creative steam around the 400-700 word mark.
Instead of beating myself up about it. I decided to figure out a way to make this work for me.
Split those writing sessions up. This tip is especially handy for those writers out there with a busy schedule. You can fit in 2-3 miniture writing sessions into your day (early morning, lunch break and evening) to help you maximise your time, without feeling overwhelmed.
Personally, I wake up 30-60 min earlier each day to write. I aim to write between 500-700 words in the morning and the remaining 300-500 words in the afternoon or evening.
Figure out what works best for you and commit to it.
This brings me to my third and final tip….
Once you have planned when you are going to sit down and write 2-3 time per day, set reminders on your phone.
When that alarm goes off, it’s time to stop whatever you’re doing and sit down and write.
After just a few days, you will begin to automatically fall into the writing mindset each time you hear that reminder go off. This mindset is what makes writing all the easier.
There is nothing worse for writing productivity than feeling like you should or could be doing something else. Something more worthwhile.
Your writing is important. It’s what you want to do. Its what you enjoy (most of the time).
So, set those reminders. Cover that word count. And get writing.
Have you got any tips to help us maximise our daily word counts? If so, please share them in the comments 🙂
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