Well, it finally happened. I actually managed to cross 10,000 word mark. In fact I crossed it yesterday, but barely. I think last night I clocked in around 10,002 words. Tonight I’m a bit over 12,000. It hasn’t been easy, but there were a few things I did/had that lightened the load. I thought I would share those with you in case you are writing this month, plan on trying for next year, or are writing general.
The first thing – and most important I think – is to have someone who genuinely wants to read your work. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t seem to write for myself. I need to feel like there’s an audience who will want to read this at some point. Whether it be a good friend or a significant other, it’s totally worth finding someone to just read your stuff. For me, it’s my amazing girlfriend. Every day she’s asking me for more pages. It’s small stuff like that they keeps me motivated.
Write every day. It’s simple right? Not exactly. Most people have jobs, school, a social life. It’s hard to keep up with everything and get in your writing quota for the day. The way to get around that is to just write whenever you can. I bring my laptop to school now to write in between classes, when I’m eating lunch, or any other free moment I have. Every little bit helps and it makes it easier to just sit down and power through the last few hundred words.
Find a soundtrack to listen to while you write. Something that fits your story’s tone and helps fuel your inspiration is nice, but isn’t required. Just something that energizes you is necessary. For me, it’s been Lorde’s album “Pure Heroine”. I’m pretty sure it’s been on repeat for the last week or so. Not only is it addictive, but it helps me write for whatever reason. Never underestimate the power of good music.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to double up on your word count. If you’re having a good day, keep on going. I don’t have to worry about falling behind because I’ve got two extra days built in, just in case I can’t write or don’t finish my quote. It does wonders for the pressure.
Hope these tips help! Feel free to share any other advice you’ve got. I’m totally up for trying new ways to help me write!