Friday Five – Getting through a writing challenge

Don’t slip up in a challenge

Last week, I gave five tips to prepare for a writing challenge before it starts. This week, here are five tips to get through a writing challenge. It can be tempting to give up part way through, but it doesn’t have be that way.

  1. Set writing time – with everything else that goes on in a writers life, sometimes it can be hard finding time to write. In a challenge month it is important to set aside time for writing, and guard it jealously.
  2. Set mini goals – writing 50,000 words or a whole non-fiction book in a month can seem daunting. To help, set yourself some mini goals. This could be a daily word count or a timeline for when a chapter or section will be finished. This will help the task seem more achievable. After all, writing 1500 words seems less daunting than writing 50,000.
  3. Every day is a new day – it can be easy to get discouraged if you don’t meet your writing goal on a particular day or are falling behind. Don’t. Just remember that every day is a new day and you can start each day fresh. If you need to, adjust your word count or other mini goals to get back on track. It could be that your mini goals aren’t realistic, or you need to have a different wordcount each day instead of the same one for every day.
  4. Have support – support comes in all shapes and sizes. It could be an online writing group to help with writing sprints. It could be someone dropping by dinner so you don’t have to cook. It could be someone picking the kids up from school so you have more writing time. Whatever support works best for you, set up support before you start so you will get it during your challenge.
  5. Keep Writing – this may be obvious, but it does help to be reminded from time to time that we just need to keep writing and we’ll get there.

Do you have some more tips to add to this list?

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  1. Great tips Melissa.

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