One aspect of my writing process I have always struggled with is the actual writing part. I know, stupid isn’t it? How can you write if you don’t well … write?
I’m a huge procrastinator, and then I get to the end of the day and I’m mad because I haven’t really achieved anything. I tried to get back into a routine after coming back from my extended holiday, but I found myself wandering aimlessly around the house with no real motivation or purpose. A couple of weeks ago I decided to do something about my inability to focus on what was important to me, and I enrolled myself in an online writing workshop.
So far I have gone sixteen days straight where I have written and achieved my goal every day, and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be.
If you struggle like I did with keeping a writing routine, try some of these suggestions:
- Pinpoint time in your day where you could be writing and you’re not. Think of times like waiting in the car to pick the kids up, or missing that half an hour of TV. I’ve found ten minutes is all I need sometimes.
- Choose a goal that you know you can achieve even when the last thing you feel like doing is writing. My goal is only 400 words a day, and I can do it in 15-20 minutes. Anything I write above and beyond that is a bonus.
- Make a space just for your writing, so when you sit down that’s what your body and mind will want to do.
- Reward yourself for reaching your goals.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t.
- Tell a friend about your goals and make them hold you accountable.
I have made myself a write chain, and for every day I achieve my goal, I add another link. I’ve hung it near my writing space so I can see it every time I walk past, and it not only reminds me to write every day, but it motivates me because I want to see it get longer. I’ve even gone so far as to write the day, date, and my word count on each link. (It’s a bit longer than this now.)
If you’d like to know more about the workshop I’m doing, click here.
Do you have a solid writing routine? Or are you a procrastinator like I used to be? I’d love to know how you keep yourself motivated.
K. A. Last has managed to write every day for the past 16 days. She is the YA author of Sacrifice, Fall For Me, Fight For Me, and Immagica. She drinks lots of tea, is obsessed with Buffy, and loves all things purple (it used to be pink). K. A. Last hangs out on Facebook or you can find her on twitter and Goodreads. She’s also been known to blog once in a while.