How to trick the writer in you…

To do more writing!

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Last month, I set myself an ‘easy’ target to write 4000 words in 4 weeks. But that’s only 1000 words per week, you may say. Why set yourself such a low target? Shouldn’t you be striving for more? Well, here’s why I did it.

  1. It’s not daunting

Setting yourself a challenging target can be useful, especially if you’re working towards a strict deadline. But it’s also daunting. It can be harder to start writing, when the task in front of you feels like a marathon.

  1. It removes the pressure

And lets you enjoy the writing experience again.

  1. It’s easier to get going

By removing the daunting challenge and the pressure, it’s easier to start writing in the first place. Sometimes the biggest barrier is just sitting down to write.

  1. It makes you feel good

Because you can actually achieve your targets, and you are more likely to go above and beyond them.

  1. Because you feel good, you want to write more…

Over the past 4 weeks, I’m pleased to say I exceeded my 4000-word target. I managed to get around 6500 words of my second novel down on the page. Now that may not sound like a huge amount, but it’s a big step forward and I am feeling much more on top of my writing.

But that’s not all. I’ve also launched a new blog (unrelated to writing) about following a low fodmap diet to help manage digestive issues. Interested? Check it out here.

Between blogging and novel writing, by setting achievable targets, I have been spending much more time with a pen in my hand. It’s been a productive month!

Do you prefer to work to targets or just go with the flow?

One thought on “How to trick the writer in you…

  1. I tend to go with the flow, but I try and get at least 500 words down whenever I pick up my pen. It doesn’t have to be on the same project. I write short stories so usually have a few things on the go at once.

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