Welcome to 2015!

For me (and I imagine many of you, too), a new year means a new writing goal among my list of resolutions. One of the most common resolutions for writers is to simply get more words on the page.

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How to Write More in 2015

To help you reach your writing resolutions in the new year, here are four of my favorite ways to write more:

1. Wake up earlier

This sounds awful, but I’m telling you … once it’s a habit, waking up early to write is seriously awesome.

I have been waking up at 5 a.m. for three years now, and I get my writing done before most people are out of bed. I’ve never been a morning person, but brew me a pot of coffee and give me a good reason, and sure, I can make it happen.

The best thing about writing in the morning is that no matter what else happens (or doesn’t) the rest of the day, you have the satisfaction of knowing you accomplished the thing most important to you.

2. Do the math

So you want to write a book this year? Cool. That’s 80,000 words, depending on your genre. Allow me a moment to do my English major’s attempt and math and… yes, that comes out to 220 words a day, or 1,538 a week.

All that’s left is to fulfill that word count each week. I know, you still have to do the actual getting-the-words-in part, but it’s amazing what a concrete goal can do for you.

3. Identify your unused time pockets

What time are you not using as well as you could? This one takes some thinking and sometimes a little creativity, but it’s worth it.

Do you take a bus or other public transportation to work? That’s called writing time. Or maybe you could start taking the bus. What do you do with your evenings? Could you watch one less sitcom and do thirty minutes of writing instead?

Be mindful of where your time goes, and you’ll find you have more writing time than you thought.

4. Unplug

Don’t get too attached to your computer—it’s holding you back. There’s many pockets of time you may not recognize as opportunities they are otherwise.

For example, waiting in lines. Why not pull out a notebook and scribble out the next bit of dialogue in your story? Or hey, even just a little daydreaming and help you jumpstart your next writing session. No keyboard? No problem.

These are only a few of many creative ways to get yourself writing more in the new year. Experiment with these and other tricks to figure out what works for you, and stick to it! Whatever your writing goals for 2015, you can reach them with persistence and a good set of support tactics.

Do you want to write more? What tricks do you use? Share your thoughts in the comments section. 

PRACTICE

What are your writing goals for 2015? But don’t stop there—let’s get practical. What will it take to meet those goals and to write more? What can you do to nab that extra time out of your days or weeks?

Write down your resolutions and how you’re going to make it happen, then share in the comments!

Emily Wenstrom
Emily Wenstrom
By day, Emily Wenstrom, is the editor of short story website wordhaus, author social media coach, and freelance content marketing specialist. By early-early morning, she is E. J. Wenstrom, a sci-fi and fantasy author whose first novel Mud will release in March 2016.