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?”
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.