There are times when something is making you not want to write. It might be procrastination. It might be writer’s block. It might be sheer stress, or discouragement, or timidness, or world-building problems, or…anything!
Whatever it is, it always feels like there’s just this weight on you whenever you think about writing. That happens a lot. But nevertheless, it is not an excuse to avoid writing for a few days.
We need to write. So…how?
Well, there are ways to push through even the heaviest weight that is dragging us away from writing. Here are just a few tips on how to fight through that and keep writing on a consistent schedule!
Tip 1: Write a Tiny Bit
Sit down and write something. Don’t go for quality or quantity. Go for consistency. Write every day—or once a week or whatever your schedule is—even if it’s just a sentence or two. It doesn’t have to be 2,000 words, it doesn’t have to be a chapter, it just has to be a piece of writing.
The more consistent you get at writing, the easier it will be to write for longer amounts of time and write more polished pieces of writing without having to go over it and edit.
At the beginning though, just write for small amounts of time, but do it consistently.
Tip 2: Make a Writing Streak
If you have a calendar or something, check off the day with a green marker if you’ve finished your writing goal that day, or check it off with a red marker if you didn’t. (Or do something like that. You don’t have to use a green and red marker, but you get the idea.)
Then, try to not break the streak of days checked with a green marker. Try to keep up the streak, having a long string of days in which you successfully completed your writing goal. If you keep at it everyday, you will soon have a consistent schedule that you are certain you can successfully complete. And the more you do it, the harder it is to break! It may be really hard to complete your goal the first few days you do this, but after several days, it will just become a part of your day, and it will get much easier to complete!
Tip 3: Reward Yourself
When you’ve kept your writing schedule for a while, you’ve been able to write even when it was hard, you need to reward yourself! There’s nothing that keeps you motivated more than rewarding checkpoints along the way!
It could be giving yourself a treat, watching a movie, reading a book, or just taking a refreshing walk, but make sure that you do give yourself rewards as you work.
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful and I hope that you will be able to use them to be able to write more consistently in the future!
Have you struggled with writing consistently? Have you figured out your own ways to keep writing? I’d love to chat with you in the comments below!
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