Relentless rains caused flooding to sweep through my state, wreaking havoc. As if the water had a mind of its own, it worked to flood roads, causing closures across multiple counties. Some roads even washed away! And I couldn't help but wonder, if water could seem so determined, as if destruction were its very purpose, what would happen to my writing if I wrote with such resolve?
Below are three tricks that I've found infuse a little motivation into my writing time and elevate my word count!
#1 Time Your Writing Sessions
This year, I acquired my first smartphone. Want to know what one of my new favorite apps is? Wordly. (Wordly is not paying me to write this post, I promise.)
In the Wordly app, I press Start when I begin writing and Stop when I finish. Simple enough, right? At the end of my writing time, I can log that I wrote 500 words in 13 minutes! This often motivates me to put in another 13 minutes or so, just to be able to say I wrote 1,000 words. If you don't like Wordly, of course, a simple kitchen timer will do. Race yourself! Better yet, race a writer friend and challenge yourself to see who can write the most, the fastest, or the longest.
#2 Keep a Log
Alas, most of 2015 swept by before I started keeping accurate records of my writing time. Oh, I did get a lot of writing done! In fact, this year I released my debut novel--and its sequel. (The third book in the series is due to release in February.) So I know I wrote this year; after all, I have two books to prove it! I revised, edited, and proofread each of them multiple times. But I kinda wish I knew how much I had written on how many days, y'know? That kind of productivity log always motivates me.
Wordly keeps track of my writing sessions for me in a simple, clear format (warning: only one project can be logged in the free version, but you can export your log, delete the project, and begin a new one with each new book). Before this app, I tried Excel spreadsheets, but I detest Excel. Maybe you are an Excel genius and that's the perfect place to record your time/wordcount. I've also tried a simple Word document where I kept the date and wordcount in columns; that worked when I was writing the series that is making me a published author.
#3 Change It Up
Whatever works for you, here are multiple ways to motivate your writing times. If one trick feels like a pain, toss that idea--writing is painful enough sometimes when you're crying over a character dying or staring at a blinking cursor. And be sure to share in the comments below what helps motivate you while writing!