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Writing 500 Words A Day

Writing 500 words a day, what a concept!  It’s been around forever and I’m just getting on the bandwagon!  Thank you, Hope Clark, over at Funds for Writers.  I don’t always read newsletters that end up in my inbox, but in Hope’s January 5, 2018, Message from Editor she states, “I begin writing Sunday – 500 words per day minimum. I usually write more, but the 500 words always gave me a benchmark minimum requirement for those days the drain is clogged, so why break away from a habit that works?”500 Words a Day

To me, that was the golden nugget in her newsletter!  For years I’ve felt stressed about trying to get everything done. It always felt as if everything got in the way of my writing.  When I did find time to write, I just knew that I’d get interrupted.  Having that impending interruption in the back of my mind sometimes took my full concentration away from writing, thus leading to a creative block. Not anymore!

Mornings are Mine

I’ve always been a morning person and have discovered that writing 500 words a day early in the morning (instead of catching up on chores) is wonderful! No one else is awake and I can write uninterrupted.  Of course, I write more if I can, but by getting those 500 words done in the morning, I feel free to carry on with the rest of my day having accomplished a small task.  Consistently writing at least 500 words a day has done much for my online productivity.  500 Words is easy. By setting the writing productivity bar so low, I always exceed my expectations. Days like today where I get to write more like 2,000 words causes me to float on air!  

Sneaking in Additional Writing

Having my old laptop set up in the kitchen allows me to jot down additional ideas and paragraphs.  I spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen so it only makes sense to have my secondary writing source there.  Also, using Google Docs makes it easy for me to synchronize my writing on all devices no matter where I am or on which device I write.

Hope’s one small nugget of information has done wonders for my peace of mind. It allows me to write in the morning and do the behind the scenes stuff later on in the day.  It also helps tremendously that my kids are much older and self-sufficient (well, more or less self sufficient…we were almost empty nesters, but that didn’t last very long. *heavy sigh*).

Why 500 Words A Day if You Only Blog – Isn’t Blogging Dead?

From time to time I read articles about blogging being dead.  Well, if it’s dying, call me one of the last dinosaurs.  I like blogging and I’ll continue to blog long after it’s dead.  I prefer it to the busyness and noise of the social media. Blogging, in my opinion, is an introvert’s friend. Blogs are just social enough, but not crazy social like the flurry of activity found on some social media outlets.

Unlike Hope Clark, I’m not a book-writing author.  I’m a blogger/journalist.  When I say journalist, I’m not talking about the news-writing journalist.  I’m talking about my private journal where I share my innermost thoughts and ideas.  That journal is where I add at least 500 words a day first (more like 1,500 words). After I’ve cleared my mind/heart/soul there, blogging is next.

Who knows, with the new habit of writing at least 500 words a day, I might finally write the several books I thought I didn’t have the time to write.  

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  • Vidya Sury January 11, 2018, 4:14 am

    That bitmoji video had me laughing. That would be me on those days I am trying to finish a deadline late night. Not anymore though.

    Felicia, you’ve written a lot of ebooks, right? I am thrilled you’re writing and will continue to do so–your feelings about blogging mirror mine exactly. I look forward to your gems of wisdom. Hugs! I wish you a fantastic 2018 that exceeds your expectations!

    • Felicia January 11, 2018, 7:32 am

      I love playing with bitmojis.

      Yes, I did manage to write a couple of e-books, but that was it. I get impatient when it comes to books. I like blogging because there’s a short transit time from my brain to publishing.

      Vidya, I wish you all the best in 2018 also! It’s going to be a great year!

  • Alexander Silvius January 11, 2018, 2:58 pm

    That video had me laughing at the end especially. That is not quitting!!!

    My life is a bit of a roller coaster, but one thing I am trying to implement is to set aside 3-4 hours of writing time every night. I journal almost every morning for an hour or two to organize my thoughts. That may seem like a lot, but I have found it absolutely necessary to get my mind straight and to get in touch with God daily. I have not been successful YET in writing every night, but I can tell you that journaling everyday and setting aside that time has improved my life drastically. So if those 500 words give you permission to write or open the floodgates, then it is a great tool.

    We often heap too much on our plates, and if we do that consistently, we lose our enthusiasm. Setting a limit also gives us freedom I think. For me, it is the two hours every morning and once I establish my night writing routine, that will be a freedom block too. We work our schedules around our jobs, why not around our passion? It also is necessary.

    • Felicia January 12, 2018, 8:06 am

      Alexander, I especially like your comment about working our schedules around our passion. As a society, we are so job focused that everything else suffers. I definitely understand the need to earn money, but we also have to spend time developing ourselves and our passions. Keep striving for those 3-4 hours of nightly writing.

      If I had my way, I’d have a cabin in the woods where I could write whenever I wanted, enjoy nature and have a vegetable garden.

  • budi January 19, 2018, 2:09 am

    Just laughing watch the video.

  • Cassie Vanmiddlesworth April 26, 2018, 2:19 am

    I prefer blogging too! I work with social media outlets, but it is more hectic. Blogging feels like I am writing just for me. I am not sure if I could work in 500 words a day, but I may try it.

    • Felicia Williams April 26, 2018, 11:34 am

      Hey Cassie,

      I agree, social media is hectic. That’s why I pretty much stay away from it.

      As far as the 500 words a day goes, I don’t always publish the 500 words. Often times I write 500-word drafts or 500 words in my journal entry. By setting my 500-word goal, it makes me take the time away from some of the day’s busyness to write a few thoughts down. Give it a try to see how it works for you.

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