A writer on a LinkedIn discussion asked, "How do I keep up the motivation to write everyday?" In my case, university studies as well as a busy life in general make writing every day difficult. Expending energy and precious time on writing when I should studying leaves me with a feeling of guilt.. However, an idea that I came up with during university break was the 'Thousand a day' method. The idea is that you sit down and tap out (at least) one thousand words, be it your WIP (Work in Progress), notes, or anything that pops in to your head. When working on a novel, I like to think, "By writing one thousand words every day, by the end of the month I would have written 30 000 words, by the end of two months I would have a 60 000 word novel". If that doesn't give you motivation then I don't know what will!
Of course this may not work for everyone. Some people don't work well under pressure or by setting deadlines for themselves while others thrive by being under the pump. However, if 1000 words a day is too much, cut it down to 500; writing a little is better than nothing.
Try not think, "What should I write?" and instead think, "What do I want to write?" Take the pressure away from yourself. You don't have to work on your WIP if you don't feel like working on it. How good will the writing be if you're not enjoying writing it? Write anything. The idea that has been buzzing around in your head for the last couple of days, put it down on paper. At the end you’re still keeping your creativity running hot and doing what you love, writing.
Scarlett Van Dijk
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A Writer's Tale
Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
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