Why Every Writer Should Stay Consistent

by - February 09, 2019


As writers, we've all experienced writer's block at one time or another.

Jaquelle Crowe, author of This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years, says, "
Consistency is critical." Therefore, we can't give up writing when writer's block strikes.

But how do you stay excited about writing, even when you feel like you're a horrible writer?


WHY IS CONSISTENCY SO IMPORTANT?

You've probably heard the saying, "Practice makes perfect." While there's a bit of truth in that saying, you'll never be perfect. It's just impossible. But you will improve.

You'll never create a perfect manuscript. Even when published, it won't be completely perfect. There might be typos, or perhaps you'll wish you said something a different way. But there has to be a time when you say, "That's enough."

Also, when you get published traditionally, you're going to have deadlines. You can't simply write when you feel like it. Sometimes, consistency requires discipline. So it'll be good to have that discipline down early in life.

Consistency is critical because it will help you become a better writer and will teach you discipline.


HOW TO STAY CONSISTENT WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE GIVING UP

If you're a plotter (someone who plans the story before writing it), then this might be easier for you than for the discoverers (those who write and discover the plot along the way). Plotters know how the story will end up, and therefore it will keep them excited to complete their book and get to that ending.

I wrote a post titled, “When Your Inspiration Well is Dry,” which you can read here.

Whether you're a discoverer or plotter, word sprints are great.


HOW DO WORD SPRINTS WORK?

  • Get a partner.
  • Set a time. 10-30 minutes is usually good, but if you want to shoot for a different time, go right ahead!
  • For that set amount of time, write as many words as you can.
  • Whoever writes the most amount of words in that time slot, wins the sprint!

The point of a word sprint is to make you write. If you want to win the sprint, you have to write the most words, so you can't simply stare at a blank page or blinking cursor. Just write. You can always edit later.

You can also do a word sprint with yourself! Do steps 2 and 3 above. Your challenge is to beat your goal and/or record.


FINAL WORDS OF ADVICE AND ENCOURAGEMENT

Just write. You can do this!

Push through writer's block. It wants to keep you from writing. Tell it, "No! I'm not allowing you to reign today! I'm going to write whether you interfere or not."

I found this quote online by Jodi Picoult:

"You can always edit a bad page. You can't edit a blank page."

Doesn't that just speak right to you? It speaks to me! Just write, even if it's horrible. You can always go back and edit later.

If you are feeling discouraged, remember the reason why you write. Why did you start writing in the first place? Was it fun? What's your favorite part of writing? Focus on the good aspects of writing. Your attitude will influence your writing tremendously. Find inspiring writing quotes and write down your favorites to remember.

When you finish your rough draft, don't go back and edit right away. Leave your work for a certain amount of time (even a month or two) before going to edit. That way, you'll have a fresh and mind and be ready to edit!



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