Post holiday slump

I adore the festive season. Of course I love getting pressies (books! stationary! running stuff! chocolate!) but even more I love giving them. I always try to keep the word count ticking over a little and at least read something amazing but inevitably the writing loses out to the celebrations.

Now it’s a new year which means I need (and want) to get back into it.

5 tips that help me get back into my writing routine:

  1. Make sure I’m super excited about the project. This might seem like a no brainer but enthusiasm for the story helps.
  2. Start with small time/word count goals. I try not to set myself up for failure. Success breeds success.
  3. Rewards are good. Always.
  4. Make writing a priority.
  5. Give myself a break if things come up. Family/friends/occasionally interacting with non-imaginary people is important.

friday feast 4.jpgHmmm… rewards…

Any other ideas?





beck nicholas_ bec sampson


I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.

Find me at my website:

Or on twitter @BeckNicholas

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