Probably the most difficult thing about writing is the discipline of writing itself. We BADLY want to write those stories in our head. Still, fear, multiple commitments and priorities, and a host of other things somehow always manage to get in the way of our writing on a consistent daily basis.
This month, ACFW is once again hosting NovelTrack/Writing--the ACFW equivalent of Nanowrimo. My goal this month is 30K words. I'm pretty close to target, maybe 2K shy of where I should be, but going well.
The first week of July I didn't get to write consistently every day. Most days, but not all. This week, it has been going great--I've met my daily goal each day. I can't tell you how much better I feel when I set a daily word count goal and meet it. Not only that, if I meet my word count goal before I leave for work, I practically feel like leaping over the moon.
Somehow, getting my word count done in the morning just makes my whole day go better. And as a reward to myself, if I make my word count goal before I leave for work, I use my breaktimes at work to read some fiction on my Kindle, since I never have time to read it otherwise.
The key to accomplishing the daily writing quota for me has been:
1. Set a daily goal I have a reasonable shot at achieving. Not too low, not too high.
2. Get more efficient at managing my email (ie. I really DON'T need to read that thread on women's dresses in 1898.). Only read the critical email and either delete the rest or save it for later.
3. Once I meet my word count goal for the day, do NOT try to exceed it--that way I'm fresh and raring to go the next day. This has been key for me this month--I do not have my entire plot nailed down and this enables me to ponder my story between writing sessions.
4. Remind myself that "slow and steady wins the race." Sure, I may not be able to write 5K words a day like Jane Doe writer does. But if I write a thousand words a day for a year, I've got three first draft manuscripts plus.
5. Cut back on my time reading industry blogs. What good is knowing how to market, publish etc if I don't have completed manuscripts?
Here's hoping for continued consistency for the rest of July. Next month I'll set a new goal for August.