500 Words

Words_and_Music_sizedI’ve been writing.  Every day.  It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time (can you say years!) but haven’t been able to stick with for more than a few days.

I was listening to a podcast recently and the guest said she writes 500 words a day before she gets onto social media.  For some reason that really resonated and I thought I would give it a try.

I am finding this to be easy.  My only “rule” is that I write 500 words.  I tried for a few days to get it done before I hopped onto Facebook but that didn’t last long.  I found that just the fact that it only had to be 500 words is all that really mattered.

500 words is nothing.  It is only a few paragraphs.  I open up a blank document and turn the word count on and begin to write.  Some days I have an idea for a blog and others its just words for my journal which, once I am finished, I copy and paste the words in to.   This has been a very satisfying experiment that I plan to keep doing.

Knowing myself very well I tend to need some psychological trigger to either get me to do or quit a behavior.  The magic word this time was 500.  I could wrap my mind around that.  There is an end goal in sight.  It is fun to see the word count go up and up.  The last few days I have finished my 500 words without even struggling.

If you are a writer and you want to consistently get words out of your head and onto the paper, tablet, etc. find that magic thing that works for you.  I have tried many different ways over the years to get me to write every day.  I have bought fancy journals that remain half filled.   And, then of course, I have to buy another one to start over again.  I have hand painted journal covers thinking that putting all that energy into the cover would get me to write.  I have created special photo journals on my computer thinking that would do the trick.  None of it worked until now.  It is the simplicity of 500 words that was my magic bullet.  I hope you find yours.

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