Every once in a while you get stuck in a rut. You try but you’re just not there. You see yourself slipping, and the rut seems deeper. So you sit, because you can’t find the stairway out. And it is in those times that you need a solid kick in the backside to get you moving and keep you moving out of that rut. I like to call those kicks goals.
Goals are a good thing to set, especially if you’re trying to go somewhere – like out of the rut and down the road with your story. They challenge you, they push you, they move you; that is if you work and keep with them. Otherwise if you make them and ignore them, you’ll never go anywhere.
I’ve lost momentum in my writing, it happens to all of us, but now I most pick it back up. Because a good writer is not defined in times when it’s easy to write, but in the times when it’s not. So this is a bit of a motivational post, for myself and anyone else who needs a kick in the pants.
Think of your favorite thing about writing. For me it’s the feel of typing and letting new ideas spring onto the page. Remember that, and go back to it anytime you feel discouraged. Now think about what you need to work on. For me it’s making time to sit down without distractions and write as much as I can. I’ll never get my stories done if I never write them, right? I think a lot of people have this problem; they don’t have much time. And I’m here to tell ya, you have to make that time. Because an easy slot of time and the perfect mindset to write wont drop in your lap every time, life will get busy.
So pick a time of day, even if it’s not much, the important thing is to get yourself sitting down to write everyday. You can also write in those random or spare moments, but writing at the same place and time helps establish a good routine.
Now make a goal for yourself. I like word count goals, because it defiantly gets me writing, and it’s easy to keep track of and build upon. You can set other goals as well. Like getting yourself in the routine of writing everyday, or maybe writing a scene or doing a page of editing. But set those goals and follow through. You can set everyday goals, weekly goals, and future goal to work up to so that you have someplace to go. Make them reasonable and bite sized at first, and build from there.
I am challenging myself to sit down for one hour everyday without distraction, and within that day to write 500 words. And I also challenging myself to work up to 1,000 words a day.
I encourage you to do this with me, whether you’re in a rut or just want to speed up. Set some goals for yourself, tell me about them in the comments, and next week you’ll see how we’re doing. Good luck, and let the story go on!