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New Year’s resolution #1: Get writing!

Posted by Maria Murnane | January 5, 2015

Happy New Year! Don’t you just love January? I do. It’s time for fresh starts, new beginnings, and the boundless sense of possibility that makes me want to get out of bed in the morning and see what the new year has to offer!

If writing a book is on your list of goals, spring is a great time to start. Or if you’re already in the thick of the creative process, now is a perfect time to re-energize. All writers struggle to stay productive at one time or another. (Believe me; I do too.) It comes with the territory, and at times the lack of motivation can seem insurmountable. But you can’t give up.If you want to be an author, you can never give up.

To keep yourself on track, I suggest setting a reasonable daily goal for your writing. For me that is 1,000 words, but for you it might be less (or more) depending on what else you have going on in your life, not to mention how fast you write. However, I recommend writing no fewer than 500 words per day to stay productive.

After you set that daily quota, the next step is to stick with it. Just like committing to a diet and exercise program to get healthy, you have to be consistent to see results. Increments of 500 add up quickly, and if you keep working at it, in just a few weeks you’ll see how far you’ve come. In my experience, getting started is the hardest part of writing a book, because that’s where the voice of doubt is the loudest. But if you tune it out and push forward, you’ll get there.

If you write just 500 words a day beginning today, by St. Patrick’s Day you’ll be sitting pretty on a good body of work. It won’t be fully developed, and it will probably be far from complete, but you’ll be well on your way to finishing a book, and you’ll be proud of yourself as a result. Trust me. Now get writing!

-Maria

 

This blog post originally appeared on CreateSpace.com. Reprinted with permission. © 2015 CreateSpace, a DBA of On-Demand Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.

 

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