Blogging. Too often writers treat their blog like flossing – it needs to be done but writing so often feels like a chore. I struggled with blogging consistently until recently. In fact, my blogs still suffer a bit from a little dust every now and then, but I am working toward a more productive approach to the blog – DESIRE.
This blog, my author site, will be the second blog I get on board with consistency. The first is truly not a blog but a journal. I committed on January 1, 2012 to write a minimum of 750 words a day. I stumbled across 750Words.com last year and noted its brilliant simplicity. I’ve written Nanowrimo and completed a 50,000 word manuscript in 3 of the 5 years I’ve entered.
Why not write those numbers all year long? Why wait for November and Nanowrimo to motivate me? I did not make this commitment as part of any New Year’s Resolution. In fact, I purposefully wrote zero, nada, nothing, on New Year’s Day. I have written at least 750 words every day this year since, though. I must tell you, it feels good. I am in a groove.
This is that aspect of writing I was missing. I’ve always been serious about writing, but the commitment to roll my sleeves up all blue-collar-like has been hit and miss. Now, I see the light and wish to pass it on to you.
You hear it from many, many, many successful writers – write every day. Yes, I’ve played the game of, “oh, staring out the window setting up plot lines and characters is writing” statements. Yes, I agree, that is writing, but the discipline virtually required commitment to put words on something, your screen, your paper, your napkin, whatever.
I poo-pooed the necessity to physically write every day for years. “That’s not how I work,” I would say. “That may be good for that writer but for me…” another of my favorite cop outs. Look, as writers, I mean someone desiring to be a writer who supports themselves on their writing, we MUST create the desire to write every day.
I have achieved this now for 57 consecutive days. Here’s how I’ve done it. I purchased a 4’x5′ white board and mounted it across from my desk. I wrote across the top, “I DESIRE to do the following!!” Underneath, each day, I write what I desire to accomplish in my writing.
Too often we say to ourselves as writers, “I need to get this done by such-and-such time.” Or, “I have do get this project done.” Or, “I can’t seem to write my blogs, I don’t have time.”
I could attack each one of those in many ways, but a simple mind shift eliminates their debilitating power. I simply replace the critical verbs with the word DESIRE. AND I MEAN IT! “I desire to get this done by such-and-such time.” Or, I desire to get this project done.” Or, “I desire to write my blogs, I’ll make time.”
I have found it amazing what changing a simple word can mean to your writing life. I sincerely write these things down. As I write my 750 words each day, (most of them appear to be pure garbage and I do not care, they are assisting me in writing better words later), I will often catch myself and change the “need to” and the “have to” statements to “desire” statements.
Folks, you have to want this. I’ve painted myself into a financial corner by going all-in on writing. Writing for a living is my dream. You must pick yourself up at some point and make things happen. One of the wild things I’ve found is the more I write, the more attention my writing gets. Those who consistently stay at it make their dreams happen.
I heard this same preaching from writers for years, heck, a decade. Sometimes we just have to get there when we get there. Please, if you dream of being a writer, jump in. Don’t wait and wait and wait to fully commit yourself. If there is one piece of advise I can honestly give you, commit to writing tens of thousands of words a month. I wrote just shy of 40,000 words in January. This month, as of this writing, I over 45,000.
I key around 1500 to 2000 words an hour. Two hours a day = 3000 to 4000 words a day. Multiply those numbers by 30 days and the numbers are astounding. This blog is running a bit long on words because I have a lot to say today. If I’m writing 3000 words a day and my average blog is 500 words, I could easily write three blogs a day and still have 1500 to 2500 words for my books a day!
Do the math on that folks! 2000 words a day on a book over thirty days it 60,000 words! This is two hours a day people! A person could be working a full time job and do this! Yes, there is outlining to do and other writing tasks, but you get my drift by this point.
Blogging consistently takes commitment, but more important, from my experience, blogging consistently takes desire. One simple word. Change your attitude and change your life. Tomorrow I will go over some tricks you can use to get attention to your blog. How’s that for commitment!
Final notes. Combined with my 750 words I wrote first off today, I am now over 1700 words for the day.
As any writer knows, making money is tough in this business, so after each post, I will suggest you support your favorite writers. There are many ways to do this. One is to forward or reblog a post you like. Get the writer out in front of others. Another is to purchase a book written by your author. Folks, it is most often better for the author if you buy direct from them. Amazon and all these retailers are greedy, and depending on the publisher, the author may not get much of your dollar. Please consider helping out the folk who write the content you enjoy reading.
In my case, I prefer you buy from my company, ClearView Press Inc.com. That hyperlink takes you directly to our bookstore.
For those who prefer Barnes and Noble, the following are links to some good books, some mine, some authors I like.