Welcome to my new and slightly revamped blog. Note the name change. It’s now called Writing Every Damn Day, to reflect my main goal as we hit the second half of 2015.
You’ll still find a mix of author interviews, book reviews and advice for indie authors. You’ll also, from now on, find more advice on the art and craft of writing, as I focus on the one thing that should be a top priority for all writers:
Every. Damn. Day.
I’m a writer. So I write. Most days. But that’s not enough. From now on it’s every day, Seven days a week. 365 days a year. It shouldn’t be too hard. Here’s why.
All writing counts
Some days it will be five articles, ten blog posts or thousands of words of a new book. Other days it will be outlining new articles or chapters, brainstorming new titles for articles or freewriting around a new project to see if it really has legs.
Grocery lists don’t count. Nor do social media updates or personal emails. But all other words that go from my brain to the page or screen… Hell, I’m counting them.
All forms of writing counts
The days I miss writing all together are the days I’m traveling, having adventures and prioritizing other important elements of my life, like family or health.
Some days I don’t get to my laptop at all and I’m not one to be tapping out words on my tablet or phone. That’s fine. Good old fashioned paper and pen words count. Sometimes they’re more valuable. Something happens to my brain when I write by hand. That is often when my most creative sessions happen.
The writing gets done first
I’m really bad at sticking to this, but if I write first thing every morning, the writing will simply get done. So I’ll just write. Every morning. Before emails or social media, or even other vital parts of my job, like my paid editing work or marketing or technical tweaks on my blogs and websites. Writing first.
I’m considering more accountability
I’m a lone wolf. I keep my own counsel. I’m fiercely independent. It’s why I have to make this freelance writing gig work, because otherwise, I’ll be back working for someone else, on their terms, and I’m kind of addicted to my own terms now.
Sometimes accountability helps though. Perhaps I’ll go back to posting a daily word count on Twitter, or in one of my online writing communities. Or I’ll just make a pact with one of my writing buddies that I’ll meet my daily targets (with a forfeit if I don’t – perhaps a cash donation to Girls Write Now. Yep I like that idea).
I wrote this post about five months ago and I'm proud to say I'm sticking to my daily commitment. I got so productive I wrote the second book in my Savvy Solopreneur non-fiction Kindle series, a book (unsurprisingly) about productivity. It's currently just 99 cents, or free for Kindle Unlimited Subscribers. Do feel free to check it out. Just click the image below.
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