How to Win the War When Consistency is a Battle
You are exhausted.
You spent the entire week keeping the kids alive, cooking healthy meals, and writing and rewriting until you couldn’t read words anymore. The last thing you want to do on a Saturday night is write more. Instead, you could read, binge watch Stranger Things or sleep. Rest sounds like a dream.
But so does being a writer.
And if you want to be a successful writer, you must be consistent.
Um, Do I REALLY Need to Be Consistent?
Being consistent is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to become. –Anthony Moore
Honestly, the idea of writing at a certain time every day makes me want to bang my head against a wall. Or simply, and less painfully, hide in a corner and sip my hot coffee.
But the muse loves consistency.
Writing daily, or at blogging every week will change the way you write. You will find your voice, write a book faster, and find the readers who are searching for your words.
Don’t believe me? Listen to the experts.
My main advice on posting frequency is to be consistent and keep the quality of your posts as high as possible -Daren Rowse from Problogger
Be consistent and relentless -Steve Rayson from Buzzsumo
I shoot for at least 500 words a day, sometimes more. If I’m working on a blog post, I break it into chunks and tackle them one at a time. If I have a 1500-word article to write, I spend three days writing it. Don’t write a lot. Just write often. –Jeff Goins
Create tiny habits to write consistently -Abbi Perets
Be consistent until you have a break through. -Benjamin Hardy
Finding your voice only comes from practice, and lots of it. If you want to grow as a writer, you have to write consistently. -Frank McKinley
If you fail to write consistently, the excitement for your idea may begin to fade. Be consistent, and write every day. -Stephen King
Consistency is the creative’s friend.
But it’s hard.
Yet, the good things usually are. That’s how you know they’re worth it. Let’s fight those battles and become writing machines with a few simple steps.
1. Put the Coffee Down
The hum of the coffee pot is a soothing white noise. The bitter smell floats to your nose, already energizing your soul. You grab your mug, the heat seeping into your cold fingers. You are now ready to write.
But you can’t.
Because you’re sipping your liquid courage. Your hands are too busy.
The best way to write is to write fast, getting every last word down before you can convince yourself its crap. And you can’t do that if your fingers stop tapping at the keys to sip your drink or grab another bite of food.
Hey, I love my drinks and snacks, too, but save them for before or after you write. Use them for motivation rather than distraction.
2. Make a List
Before you can sit down, before you can even put words on paper, you must have an idea. Otherwise, the screen will challenge you to a staring contest.
But don’t worry, the list you make is only for your eyes. Less pressure. Start simple with ten ideas, then choose one that inspires you and write. Fast.
Keep adding to your list and you will find it growing longer and more brilliant by the day. Soon you will have ideas for several books or for months of blog posts
Enough to be consistent without excuse.
3. Tell a Friend
Real friends don’t let friends stay stuck. -Frank McKinley
“I don’t even know what to write. I guess consistency is a battle sometimes,” I wrote to him, feeling defeated.
“I think you found it,” he typed back.
“Write about consistency.”
I sent him a happy light bulb GIF.
Sometimes the muse shows up in the form of a friend. Use that. Don’t shy away from their help. Real writers don’t write alone. Every time I write a story or publish a post, a group of trusted writers are there with me, encouraging and shoving me in the right direction.
And holding me accountable.
Just knowing someone is on the other side waiting to see if you get your writing done for the week is a motivator. If someone is waiting for my words, I end up working harder to prove myself. I become more consistent.
And you can, too.
4. Aim High
It’s NaNoWriMo season.
Are you one of those writers pushing through their limits just to get words down this month? 50,000 words in one month seems crazy, an unreachable goal, but it can be done.
Don’t be afraid to aim high, far into space. If we can love our children to the moon and back, we can reach our creative dreams there, too.
Be a dreamer.
5. Write Small
The beauty of the tiny habit is that it doesn’t require motivation or energy. You can do it no matter what. -Abbie Perets
You have your goal aimed high to the stars, but to reach it you must make tiny steps. Take your writing word by word. To create a habit, you need 30 minutes a day.
Or imagine how much you can accomplish with 500 words a day like Jeff Goins recommends. If you get 500 words a day that’s 35,000 a week, and 15,000 words a month. With only 500 words a day writing your first book, something that can take people years to accomplish, can be done in six months.
Tiny habits are the pathway to success.
In the end, there’s really only one thing that will help you win the war. It is the key to everything. You need to actually sit your butt down in the chair and write.
It’s not easy, but a battle never is. Actually, it’s terrifying.
But with a friend, fewer distractions, high goals and tiny habits, you can do it. You can write consistently enough to finally reach your dreams and be a successful writer.
You can win the war.
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