September 3 is my writing anniversary. Since that day in 2000, I have written or revised a bit of fiction every day, but it’s always been a struggle to actually get it done. At the beginning of August I was skeptical that writing at a scheduled time, as advised in How to Write A Lot, would help, but I couldn’t be sure until I tried it. Much to my surprise, it works!
In June, I was going through my usual struggles.
Average words written or revised: 400
In July, I settled on starting to write by 11 am.
Average words written or revised: 650
In August, I usually started writing by 11 am. In the first two weeks, sometimes an hour or so earlier. In the second two weeks, I became much more consistent about starting to write at just about 11 am, and the word count steadily rose.
Average words written or revised: 1100!
I’m stunned, frankly, so stunned, I slacked off for the last couple days. I’ve been trying to sustain that pace for years. I can’t believe such a simple thing could help so much. Of course, simple doesn’t mean easy, but at least now I know what I need in order to do it.
And it only took me eight years to figure this out.