Consistency in writing creates the path for you to write 30,000 words in 30 days without hurting yourself
You can write a book in thirty days without hurting yourself. You can craft 30 posts or articles in 30 days without straining anything (in you or in your relationships). You can pour out 30,000 words in only 30 days without causing problems in other areas of your life.
It can be done.
I realized a few years back that if I determined to write every day then the words would add up. It wasn’t that I wrote thousands upon thousands of words each day (although there were some impressive numbers on more than on occasion). Instead, it was about writing every day – even just a few hundred words – and those little bits created a writing consistency that added up to 1,000,000 words in just one year.
I went back and looked at my year (because I kept a record of what I was doing and how I was doing it) and I found a few elements that pushed me along. I am sharing those now not just because I want you to know so that you can write your words but so that I can remember and be encouraged to repeat the process and even improve on it.
Five Elements for Consistency in Writing
1. I knew each day what I was writing. I knew what projects were going to be the focus. I had headlines or keywords that were the focus of my blogs. I had scenes set up to play out on my fiction projects. I never sat down and hoped words showed up. I knew what I was writing AND why I was writing the words.
2. I had a determined goal and I had a BIG DREAM goal that I wanted to reach. My determined goal was an “every day, no matter what comes up” goal of just 1000 words per day. My BIG DREAM goal that was a “you can do it, everything works out” kind of goal was 7000 words in a day. I knew how many words I had to write and how many words I wanted to write.
3. I had an outline of what I was going to write – especially when it came to my articles. Those snippets of time (like waiting to pick the kids up from a class or waiting in the doctor’s office) provide the perfect amount of time to write a topic idea (or title) and five to seven points I want to tackle. I had set up a way to keep the words flowing no matter what I “felt like” when I sat down to write.
4. I was determined and dedicated to write the words. I had determined that I would write the words and I became so dedicated that no excuse could get in the way of those words. I wrote every single day – without fail – because I was so determined and focused on writing that nothing would stop me. My words became a priority.
5. I just said no – a lot. I said no to myself when I wanted to play first and work later. I said no to others when they offered a path to something other than my determined focus. I said no to the inner editor trying to distract me from the word flow. I said no to the voices telling me that it was the wrong topic or wrong story or wrong idea. I stopped questioning the words and I just let them go.
Looking back at these points and at the words I kicked out despite all the chaos and noise around me, I am reminded that it can be done. It will take focus. It will take persistence. It will take a will that locks on to the possibility and refuses to let go.
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