I really don’t like the saying “Write every day” because it’s ableist (some people can’t physically write every day) and it’s full of privilege (some people can’t spare the time between multiple jobs, school, family obligations: humans need sleep!) and though Nanowrimo (Nation Novel Writing Month) encourages authors to try to write 50k in a month, it isn’t about writing the 50k, but setting good writing habits and building writing community (like this awesome one!). For me, I try to set attainable daily goals and don’t kick myself if I need a break. I have RA and that means that I’m in a lot of pain most days. So I find it easier to hit 500 words (or catch up on a missed day’s 500 words) then Nano’s suggested 1666 daily words – if i hit my goal I’m encouraged and oftentimes continue writing, but if I miss my goal, it’s discouraging and enough missed goals makes giving up all that much easier.
If I’m giving up steam it often means I’m not writing something that catches my attention so I look at my work and try to find a way to add tension (physical or emotional) to the pages. AKA. Kill a character or break their heart! When I’m invested I can’t wait for writing time! BUT sometimes I’m giving up steam because of my health. Then there are a ton of tips and tricks I use to still try to get words in:
Most of my writing is done in my mind, I let the story steep: thinking about characters and scenes and how to strengthen them. I’m happy with my productivity if I’m spending time thinking or writing. It doesn’t matter how much as long as I’m doing my best to move the story forward.
I really like the pomodorro method. Basically it’s a timer and you write for 20minutes and don’t let anything: netflix, twitter, texts, distract you from writing. Then you take a 5-10minute break and do all the socializing, and then you write for another 20 minutes. It’s amazing how much you can get done in 20 dedicated minutes.
I’m finishing up my Fat Feminist WIP. Here’s a little teaser I tweeted about it:
Thanks for hanging with the Wattpad4. I hope you all are rocking your stories and that some of my tips help. If you have any questions you know where to find me!