Now that we’re calling ourselves writers, the next step is to write. A lot.
I’ve been writing on and off for a few years now. My writing “habit” consists of quick bursts of writing for five hours a day then petering off to no hours a day. (A moment of silence for all my abandoned blogs.)
This time, I’m going to write for one hour every day for the next 30 days. To trick myself, I’ll make it into a fun 30-day challenge. If you want to join me, here are a few rules I set for myself:
Write at the same time every day
As much as possible, write at around the same time every day. Call it your “writing hour” for gravitas. I don’t limit myself to only one medium, because I can use the fact that I don’t have my computer or my unicorn hair fountain pen as an excuse not to write.
No word limit
Author Jeff Goins suggests to write 500 words a day, you can do that if that’s more your style. But a prescribed word count reminds me of school essay requirements where I put words in just for the sake of the 500-word limit.
No editing (yet)
The writing hour is focused on getting all my ideas out. So strictly no editing until the next day–or at least after a good night’s sleep. Basically, I press backspace as less as I can and accept the fact that first drafts suck.
No prescribed time of day
Most writers have a super achiever morning routine where they wake up at dawn and magically fit exercise. meditation, and writing before their first cup of coffee. My mornings are spent hitting the snooze button, so I do all my writing and exercise at night. Your writing hour can be any time that works best for you as long as you…
Stop after one hour
As soon as the time is up, I’ll stop writing, even if I’m halfway towards the end of a sentence. That’s even better because I have a point where can resume. The editing process can be for much longer because Lord knows I need it.
Edit the next day.
Confession: I’m really just writing for 15 days since I’ll be editing for the next day’s time slot. Editing has to be in the next day to distance myself from what I wrote, and spot mistakes better.
If after 30 days, you feel that one hour a day is too short for you, you can increase your quota to whatever works for you. I’m only on my second day, so I’ll let you know how this goes.
That’s it! Best of luck to me (and you if you decide to join me).