I was fortunate enough to come across a wonderful writer this week, someone who has been keeping up his writing streak for 1,427 days.
That’s almost four years!
There are days, he said, when it feels near impossible to get any writing done but he turns on the computer anyway, does a quick 100-200 words if nothing else. He’ll even count 25 words, if he has to. The point is to maintain the streak. Of course, most days, he does far more than that.
Unsurprisingly, he’s got dozens of books and hundreds of articles to his name. Because if even you wrote a bare minimum of 250 words a day, you’d have written 90,000 words by the end of the year, in other words, a whole book. Imagine if you were writing more than that.
Most writers, of course, will stick to the hour-a-day or 1000-words-a-day rules, not realizing that this sets them up for failure straight away.
Instead, I focus on streaks. Words on the page every day, day after day, and before you realize, they’ve added up. To far more than an hour, far more than a thousand.
Small and consistent, folks. That’s how it’s done.
And it’s how we’ll do it in Write With Me 2020, which I’m almost about to close. This is a program unlike anything I’ve ever done before and if you’re serious about raising your writing productivity this year, then I cannot stress highly enough that you join us.
This is not me sharing how it’s done. This is me sharing how you can do it and most importantly, make it stick.
This is not about how much you’ll write in the next three months. It’s about how much you’ll write in your entire career if you make these tiny tweaks in the way you work.
This is not about what I can teach you, but about understanding and honing the ability to observe how you work so that you can teach yourself.
We’re starting February 1. I can’t wait!
See you on the inside!