When it comes to writing, I have found that the best way to keep me on schedule is to have a daily writing goal. During NaNoWriMo, my writing goal was almost 1800 words/day. However, with a full time job, and other interests in my life, that pace isn’t sustainable or practical for me. Here are a few things that I have figured out, at least for myself as an early writer.
- Pick either a daily word count goal or a daily timed writing goal
- Tip: word count goals work for drafting
- Tip: time goals for revising
- The goal should be reasonable:
- High enough to give a sense of accomplishment
- Not too high that it becomes unrealistic and easy to give up on
- Hold yourself accountable
- Write down the daily writing goal
- Tip: keep the daily goal some place visible
- Reevaluate the daily goal on a weekly or monthly basis
- What will work one week/month, won’t be feasible the next
I hope these tips are helpful. For the most part, they work for me because I will hold myself accountable. A writing goal is especially helpful when I am not feeling particularly motivated (even if it’s significantly lower than I would like).