Here’s a quick-start guide to buckling down:
1. Set a goal. This could be a goal for the day, week, month, or year. How ambitious are you? Be realistic, but stretch your comfort zone. One effective—yet simple—way to set goals is to think about exactly what you want, and when you want it. Work backwards from there, and you may find that your goals will almost set themselves.
2. Recognize the incredible power you have. We writers often take our skill for granted. “Big deal,” you may think. “Can’t everyone write?” NO. No, they can’t. As someone who has the incredible power of language at their disposal, you have the unique ability to create an entire world with the stroke of a pen, and captivate readers with the words you choose. Even among writers, fewer still are actually writing novels, so you have much more of a chance than you think at standing out in the crowd.
3. Challenge yourself. Writing 10,000 words in a month is, ahem, a popular goal. The upcoming 10K Social Writing Challenge is a great way to challenge yourself and show the world you mean what you say when you set a writing goal. Think about where you’ll be at the end of March: 10,000 words farther along, and possibly even an award-winning writer!
Achievement in writing doesn’t have to be complicated. If you truly believe you have something great to offer, and are willing to take the steps to create it, you’re already most of the way there!