Five Hundred Words

So last week, I was talking about being challenged to just write my novel.

I was talking with a writer who has written–and published/going to publish– five novels in the past year. Count them. Five! Seriously. And I’m not feeling inadequate that five is the number of years it has taken be to work on my own novel. Not at all. Me? No… Alright fine, perhaps a bit.

He not only challenged me just to write the novel–to just get it done and off my back–but to give myself a word count. I have to reach that word count every day and if I do not, I have to make myself feel really


Seems like a good enough method.

My daily goal is at least 500 words every day. That’s 3,500 words in a week–give or take Sunday. I am excited to hold myself to this daily. It’s been so long since I’ve given myself permission to write like this! The creativity block I felt is crumbling just by giving myself the freedom to create and play with my work.

What is something you’ve been working on that you’d like to complete? What is a baby-step you can assign yourself on a regular basis to get it completed?

To my writers out there, what do you do to keep yourself motivated and writing? Any goals or tricks to make it happen for you?

Happy creating!

3 thoughts on “Five Hundred Words

  1. Most days I have a set time for writing. My time just happens to be 11:45-2:30ish (when my boys are in school). I put earbuds in and try my very hardest to pump out the words. Some days are flops. Other days are huge. But every day is a success because I've done the work.

    You can do it, Lex. So excited for you to finish this novel!!!!


  2. Do you listen to the same music every time you write or do you switch it up?
    It'e encouraging to know you have flop days too. Yesterday was like pulling teeth for me and I doubt I'll keep any of it when I go through the chapter.
    I hope this past weekend was like writing steroids for you and your novel!


  3. For myself I think I write better and really get the creative juices out of me and on to paper when I am having a bad week. I am not sure what it is or how to describe it.

    I just keep writing as best I can. I find myself taking a pen and paper and writing about something as simple as the gifts, talents, and people God has brought into my life, and I find ways to combine them. That is how I come up with characters for my story. They come out of people I either respect, am close friends with, or if I dislike them they get killed in my story or are turned into villians


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