Back when I was aspiring to be a writer, I could not get the words onto the page. One day I’d rip out 2000 words easy, other days… none.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have no magic formula that’ll get you the prolific word count of Stephen King, but with determination, a trait all writers need, you’ll be well on your way.
There is one simple thing any person can do to become consistent, hold your breath, this one’s a doozy!
That’s right. Set your goals and work towards your goals. Kind of cliché isn’t it? But this is one cliché that’ll bring you far.
How do we set goals?
This should be simple, but from my own experience, I had no idea what a writer needed to do in order to become one.
Writers need to write!
Writers need to read!
Writing is like any other thing, like the guitar player listening to Jimi Hendrix and recording his own solos to improve upon his mistakes, or the football player who watches recordings of his own games then goes out onto the field to hone his skills. It is a balance of practice and study.
What do you want to write?
Ask yourself this question. The answer should be broad and simple. Like, I want write fiction, I want to write blogs, etc…
Make your goals!
So you know writers need to read and write, and the kind of writer you want to be, it’s time to make your goals. For example, a fiction writer would do this:
1. Write 1000 words a day of fiction.
Why 1000 words? This is a good amount for any writer. When researching major authors, you will find that many of their daily word counts range from 500 words to 2000. Stephen King, one of the most prolific writers of our time, writes 2000 words a day.
2. Read 50 pages of fiction a day.
This will get you through 50 medium sized novels in a year, and that’s more than most people read. Stephen King recommends 70-80, but if you are just starting out, and you don’t read much, you can start off with this amount. Maybe later, you can increase it to 75 or 100, who knows, maybe 200!
Edit your work! No one writes something worth showing the first time through. EVER!
Keep to your habit
Now, when you just can’t write that 1000 words… WRITE ANYWAYS. There is going to be time when it is hard, but even if you do write 1000 words of crap cause you’re not feeling it, that’s 1000 words of crap that’ll never be written again. Who knows, maybe 50 of those words will be ingenious, and that alone makes it worth your time.
Think of all the practice you’ll have after a year of writing!
Don’t Get Too Serious
Have fun with it!
For God’s sake sir! You write because you love to write! Remember that!
Make your job what you love, do not make what you love a job.