Ah, motivation. When sticking to a schedule isn’t your thing, you must find new and ever-changing ways to get those words out. Let’s talk a bit and learn to motivate ourselves.
I’ve tried many different schedules over the years. And the outcome has always been a failure. Because I realized I was setting goals of quantity instead of quality. My daily word count goals were trying for me to reach, and I rarely achieved them. This left me in a state of constant disappointment.
Because I found myself getting frustrated, I took a step back and reassessed my situation. I had to try something new. So I went against a hardened rule of writing that I had read many times. I decided to write less but with better quality.
Now I write 280-500 words every day. I write, edit, and then rewrite these words as I go. This has created a boom in my writing. It keeps me focused on the story, and at the end of each day, I feel like I accomplished what I sat out to do. And this fuels my energy for the next day.
Each and every day now is fodder for the next day. This chain reaction continues through the weeks and months. I realize this process takes much longer than those who kick out 2,000 words a day, but it’s the only process that works for me.
So, set down one afternoon and ask yourself what motivates you. Do you enjoy tackling larger goals, or do you prefer breaking goals down to more manageable tasks?
With that said, how do you motivate yourself to write? Is it time to change your schedule? Drop your thoughts below. I would love to hear from you. Below is also a great vlog on setting up a writing schedule.