I’m thinking of my fellow writers as I type this post but the same core value can be true for whatever you tackle in life. There will always be excuses on why you can’t do something. Trust me I know, I’ve said them all to myself before. For writers, the most common excuse I hear is that they come down with a condition known as “writer’s block” when they approach the keyboard.
Now, I’m not saying I don’t have good and bad days when I sit down to crank out the next book. Some days the words just flow and others it’s a battle to get them on the screen. But every day, whether I feel like it or not, I make myself hit that word count. One thing that has really helped me is already knowing what I’m going to write when my fingers hit the keyboard. So when I do start typing I know what’s coming.
The other thing is staying focused and distraction free. Facebook and social media can be a black hole when you’re writing. Set a timer and stay the course. I write in four, thirty-minute bursts over the course of the day. I can get one thousand words in each burst and hit my word count of four thousand words per day. I do this seven days a week. Your numbers can vary but discipline stays the same. You can do this and I promise you if you want it bad enough you’ll find a way to make it happen.
This is after five years of writing and forcing that muse to show up whether it wants to or not. My daughter is one and a half so when I do get those times, early in the morning, while she naps or late at night you best believe my fingers are flying over the keyboard. Habit breeds discipline and discipline leads to success. Keep your chin up. Never forget how much of a productive powerhouse you can be. Channel your willpower and wrestle that habit into submission. I’m rooting for you.