10 Tips to Help you Smash that Writing Goal Faster

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You have set a writing goal. A word count that you want to achieve every day, or weekly. But every time you sit there to write, you end up looking at a blank sheet or a screen. Or life happens, and it is after many days that you can finally come back to your writing desk. The guilt nagging at the back of your mind grows stronger every day. I know how it feels because I have been there. But I overcame it following some tips that I am sharing here. Hope they will be helpful in achieving your writing goal, just as they have helped me.

1. The 5 Minutes Rule

You are busy. You have responsibilities. Other things often take priority over your writing. Your time is not yours. This is where you need to decide. Give your dream a priority.

. Once you decide, try making time. 5 minutes when you take a coffee break. The time that you sneak into Facebook. 5 minutes before or after your precious afternoon nap or before sleep. Can you wake up 15 minutes earlier than you do? Give yourself those precious few minutes.

How much can you write in 5 minutes? Not much initially. But once you have put those words on the paper, you will feel better. That guilt feeling will take wings and fly away. Your self-motivation will grow.

Soon you will see yourself a step nearer to your writing goal.

If you want to be more productive, you need to become master of your minutes.

Crystal Paine

2. Keep a note pad ready

What is your style of writing? Keep either a notepad or download an app for keeping notes or record it. Use the method that works for you.

If you write on a notepad, make sure to carry it with you always. The moment a thought, an observation occurs to you, note it. Don’t wait for that time when you will be free to take time off for writing. It might never happen.

The desire to write grows with writing.

Desiderius Erasmus

3. Don’t wait to feel creative

Most of the writers have reached the place that they are because they work hard. A musician has to sit with his instrument, an artist with his canvas and colours. Make time to take the pen in your hands and it will signal your mind that you intend to write. If you wait for feeling creative, you might just wait for eternity.

What when you have nothing to write or you feel empty inside. Try writing something like this – “I am a writer. I want to write. But I don’t have words. I feel blank. I had a busy day. Things don’t seem to work out. But I believe in myself. I will achieve my writing goal. I promise myself.”

Anything that you write will work, as long as you write. It will signal your subconscious and your creative mind will take over. Believe and you can do it.

I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still.

Sylvia Plath

4. Observe and Note

An excellent writer is an observer. See what inspires you. A quote you read on WhatsApp, a natural event around you, a person you find different or interesting.

. I have been able to write a poem and a scene in a drama by being aware of my surrounding. I was waiting in traffic for the light to show green. Suddenly, a loud shrill voice of a cuckoo rang out from a roadside tree. That’s it. A few seconds. I came home and wrote a few lines of a poem about it, and got good reviews.

Observe and note things. The taste of the coffee, how the room suddenly became silent when you turned off the fan. How did it feel? How someone reacted to that. Believe me, these small observations will someday help to add depth to your story or your novel. During that 5 minutes break, you can note down what you observed. Continue doing it until it becomes a habit. Slowly but steadily, you will reach your writing goal.

Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it.

Sylvia Plath

5. Connect with other writers

Writing is said to be a lonely job. If you connect with other writers who write in the same genre or even different, it will help you feel the vibration. The issues that you can’t discuss with your own family or friends who are not into writing can be shared with other writers.

Taking encouragement from each other will help.

Actors, writers, directors – that triumvirate of creativity- we have to rely and trust each other to be able to get to the final product.

Bryan Cranston

6. Keep distractions away

Our mind is very deceptive. It will give you a lot of reasons for not sitting down to write. “You are tired. That WhatsApp message needs to be answered, the climax of the serial needs to be watched. You are not feeling like writing……”

Procrastination is the worst enemy to have. Keep your phone away, even if you are following the 5-minute rule. Don’t sit in the room where your family is watching TV. If working on a laptop causes distractions, write on paper. Once you have got into the flow, use your laptop.

There are two of you – one who wants to write and the one who doesn’t. The one who wants to write better keep tricking the one who doesn’t.

Maria Irene Fornes

7. Force yourself to be consistent

Consistency is the key. Even if you manage to get only 100 words on the paper, it does not matter. After being consistent for even 10 days, you will feel encouraged. Over 21 days and it will become a habit.

Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements.

John Maxwell

8. Love your work

Keep self-criticism away. Love what you are doing. Editing is the place where you have to show cruelty. Before that, love your work.

If you go back to every sentence or paragraph and criticize it, you will never get that word count done. So whatever you write, love it. You are the creator of your characters. You have to love them before others will.

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to begin somewhere.

Anne Lamott

9. See yourself as a writer.

 Get the mindset of a professional. You are not an author in the future; you are an author today. Think, feel and act like an author.

Tell yourself every day, “I am an author.” Imagine the lifestyle and writing habits of your favorite author.

Once your subconscious gets the message, writing will flow automatically, and soon achieving that writing goal will not be a problem anymore.

You are a writer, whether you write once a year or every day. Remember that it’s a passion, the love of creation. Do it your own way and don’t let anyone shame you with their own rules.

Julianne Berokoff

10. Celebrate small victories

Look at the word count you achieved in those 5 minutes. Celebrate it, congratulate, and appreciate yourself. You are your own best friend. Give yourself a pat on the back.

The great victory that appears so simple today was a result of a series of small victories that went unnoticed.

Paulo Coelho

Finally, observe those points or things that are a hindrance to you. The problems you face may not be the same as someone else.

Note down those things that are stopping you from achieving your goal. Is your goal too unrealistic? Make it achievable.

Plan your lifestyle around your writing habits. Work upon those issues. Find a solution around them and make achieving your goal a priority.

Above all “Believe and Succeed”.

Keep writing.

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