A few weeks ago I wrote about a great technique that helped me get through writer’s block.
- Make an attainable goal of writing 750 words every day. If you’re not a writer you can set a goal of spending 30 minutes on whatever your creative endeavor is.
- It doesn’t matter what you’re working on. The important thing is that you get into the habit of doing it.
- Now the key is to find a buddy to email everyday when you’re done. Don’t email your writing, just the word “done” to let them know that you’re sticking to it.
This feeling of accountability was really helpful for me because I like having a deadline. I found that it was easier for me to blog than to work on my creative writing because blogging is public, and my creative writing is private. People would notice if I stop blogging, but no one would notice if I stopped working on a short story.
Most people do not have it in them to be their own boss. We need assignments, deadlines, and reviews. But with creative work, you need to be the talent and the management.
Since I started this process I have written over 70 pages. At first it was extremely challenging to write 750 words (approximately 3 pages), but now I’m so used to blocking out that time each day that I end up writing over 2000 words a day on average now. I’m working on two projects and both of them were intimidating concepts, but I figured I might as well get started on them, because I had to write about something.
I’m so glad I started using this technique, and I hope it can serve you as well 🙂 If you don’t have a friend to do this with, you can use this website.
- Why I write at least 750 words a day (ialja.blogspot.com)
- Five Ways to Get Inspiration for Your Novel (takayta.wordpress.com)
- 750 Words (thelamppostblogs.wordpress.com)
- November -WriMo’s: Day 4 – My tools for the -Wrimo’s part 1 (furimi.wordpress.com)