My Dear Future Readers:
Today, I want to tell you about something that I took on to do this year. It’s called The 500 Words Challenge. The challenge is to write at least 500 words per day in order to finish what you are writing faster.
Of course, I don’t consider myself a great writer. But I still thought that I could try it. My goal this year was indeed to write everyday no matter how hard it may seem. I am indeed going to be a full time Author so why not start with writing everyday? There is no reason why I could not do it. Which is why I took on this challenge.
The 500 Words Challenge OR Daily Writing Habit
My 500 Word Challenge is making me more disciplined to write everyday. It gives me a limit that I try to reach. But no one says that I only need ton write 500 words. At least implies a minimum but not a maximum. So, I try to write as much as I possibly can.
Today (Day 9-January 15th), I wrote 302 in my Work In-Progress but then I decided to write this blog post which also counts towards my word count goal.
What I Am Thinking As I Write Out My 500 Word Minimum?
The tiny voices in my head fight to be heard. Some days I feel like I am pushing myself, like today (January 15, Day 9 of the Challenge).
“Come on, you can do it. Just a few more words.” But sometimes, it is really hard to get started with writing my Work-In-Progress because I have a minimum of 500 words to write a day. As I continue on my daily writing schedule, I realized something important.
“It is never about the amount of words I write a day but rather that I keep writing everyday.”
If I don’t write 500 words as a minimum at least I am writing. Also, any type of writing is still writing whether it was a blog post or my books that I still write.
Writing is Who I am as a person and it is what I do. I may get discouraged at times that I don’t write as much as I would like to but I have to learn that negative self-talk will not help me write more. It is about the positive things that keep me writing.
Of course, I want to write as much as possible. My Goal for the 500 word challenge is to change my mindset. Let me explain…. My mindset about writing has always been this: Write whenever you have time to write or inspiration. Once the inmspiration to write is gone, you can’t write anymore.
However, that mindset is WRONG. And I will tell you why. It is wrong because what if you never have the inspiration to write? What if you criticize yourself too much to even begin writing? You will never start if you don’t sit down everyday and write at least something. After all, inspiration comes to those who practice writing and work hard on a daily basis.
All writers have to understand that writing takes patience and practice. No one becomes a great writer overnight. I am did not write my first book, Book 1: Forbidden Love of my series overnight. I worked hard to have what I have now. No, back then, I thought that I would write when inspiration came knocking on my door, but I was WRONG. Years passed, and only now I understand that writing 500v words a day is not as hard as it would have seemed to me before.
After all, it is only 500 words that can make my total word count increase everyday and I would be doing what I love EVERYDAY! Is it not the goal then to have the time to do what you love everyday?
That is why I am doing the 500 Words Challenge since 2016 has started. I have organized my day so that I have time to write 500 words everyday and at the end of the day I feel great that I did my 500 Words. (This post is 680 words and I am proud of it! )
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