****Giveaway Alert! At the bottom of this wonderfully inspiring post about an easy way to increase your word count each day, Shawndra is giving away one e-copy of How To Become a Freelance Writer in 30 Days. Margo has had a chance to read the book, and it has some great tips for people who want to break into freelance writing!
Many of you that follow The Literary Ladies blog have your own publishing dreams, and I’d like to share the biggest lesson I’ve learned from my experience publishing my women’s fiction title, Couple Friends, and my recent release, How to Become a Freelance Writer in 30 Days.
Inch toward your goals daily.
We all lead busy lives and our writing time often gets shoved off the to-do list when things get hectic. Yet, carving out time every single day—even if only for 15 minutes—will get you down the path toward your publishing goals whether you hope to publish a novel, get an article published in Oprah’s magazine, or write your first how-to e-guide.
Here’s the math:
15 minutes can equal 500 words (if you let the words flow and silence that inner critic!)
500 words X 365 days per year = 182,500 words
Recommended range for novels is 70,000-100,000
So in just 15 minutes per day, you could write enough for one novel in a year. In the case of my how-to guide of about 20,000 words, this daily practice would equate to about 8 e-guides.
What if we doubled that production to 30 minutes per day (or two 15-minute sessions)? That could equal enough words for two novels or 16 e-guides! And what if we mixed in some higher production days? Adds up to some impressive numbers, right?
The Power of NaNoWriMo
I first learned the power of this commitment during my first NaNoWriMo in 2011, which resulted in the first draft of Couple Friends. Signing up to partake in their challenge to finish writing an entire book in 30 days makes you realize that you CAN stick to daily writing goals because it’s up to you to make it a priority.
Now, keeping up with that pace of about 1,700 words/day during NaNoWriMo for the entire year would be brutal and could be creatively stunting. Yet, ingraining a daily writing habit into your life will get you one step closer to your goals every single day, which is all any of us can really ask for anyway.
Daily Writing Makes Finishing Less Daunting
Since that first stab at NaNoWriMo, I started a digital marketing and writing business that has been thriving over the past six months. Translation: even LESS time for my writing. So, some of my projects fell by the wayside until some missed marketing opportunities forced me to finally complete How to Become a Freelance Writer in 30 Days.
Unfortunately, I had taken a couple of months off my daily writing habit—and with the e-guide only needing a few hours of polishing before I could publish it. Each day I didn’t work on it, the project loomed larger and larger instead of just being a natural (and much less scary!) part of my daily routine. This experience definitely reinforced the importance of sticking to a daily writing habit as an effective way to inch toward my goals.
Wow! I’ve written how much?!
You will surprise yourself with how much you’re able to accomplish when you stay committed to a daily plan—plus you’ll avoid feeling the discouragement I experienced when I fell off the writing wagon! Just as NaNoWriMo motivates participants to write every day, my e-guide encourages those that are serious about building a writing career, or reaching their publishing goals, to take it one day at a time. How many words can you write before the calendar flips to 2014?
Do you have a timed or word count daily goal? Share with us in the comments! If you are interested in winning the freelancing book, make sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form, too. Otherwise, just leave us a comment about your latest project!
BIO: Shawndra is a digital strategist that helps small businesses tackle their social media and the Savannah correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide. Read about her services and work at http://www.shawndrarussell.com.