Today I decided that I am going to try
and write at least 1,000 words of something. I am not sure what I am
actually going to write about but at least it is worth a try to see
how much 1,000 words actually works out to be.
Setting goals. I think it's great when
people have goals that they have set for themselves and they can
achieve them. I think I need a goal for my writing so that I can
ensure that I actually get some writing done most days. I have read
a few blogs and they have mentioned that to ensure they get writing
done each day they have set a goal of 1,000 words each day.
In my previous blog I was mentioning
that for me I always find a reason not to sit and write instead of
trying to get into a habit of sitting down each day and working on
something for a little while. One thing, I have come to realize is
that I need to set aside some time each day no matter what. Yes, I
have a busy schedule but I need to ensure that I have taken some time
to work on the various blogs and articles that I want to complete.
The actual habit of writing each day is
something that I am finding so hard to do and I know that once I make
it a habit it will be so much easier for me to do. Even yesterday
after writing the blog about the challenges of writing, I found that
I came up with a lot of different reasons why I couldn't continue to
write. So here I am sitting in front of my computer today determined
that I am going to at least spend some time working on my writing
instead of checking out the various websites and blogs that I easily
distract me from what I originally sat down to do.
Why is it that so many of us have such
a hard time writing but we have lots of ideas running around in our
head that we want to get out onto paper. I know I have a habit of
writing down all the little ideas that I have that I want to expand
on but it's the expansion of these various ideas that I find so
challenging. In some cases, I find that I can write at various
events that I go to even if there is a presentation going on in front
of me. Yes, I go to events and try to listen to presentations but if
the topic isn't of interest to me I can block it out and actually get
some writing done. In some cases, I am writing down ideas and in
other cases I can complete an entire blog entry or article while at
the event. In some cases I think it's because I don't have all the
other things around me distracting me and I can focus on a task at
Where I can write. Some of my longer
writing has been done when we are taking an escape from our normal
schedule and I am relaxing. I know that I have been able to write
for a few hours at a time during these time and it is so rewarding
when I come away from an escape with articles and blog entries that I
am very happy with. For me, I love to be able to sit and look out at
different scenery and it seems to help me focus on different ideas.
Some of the blog entries refer to a sound I have heard or something I
can see and other times the blog entries have nothing to do with
where I am.
Now, I am feeling a lot better about my
time today because I am actually seeing that I can sit and work on a
subject for a while and actually see results. Lots of ideas have
come into my head while I have been writing this blog entry and I
know that I am going to continue working on the ideas. One thing
that I have fighting is the feeling of checking different things on
the internet instead of continuing my writing. So you can see that
it is possible to focus on writing if you really want to and get
something down instead of finding a million reasons why you can't
find the time to write.
I am going to continue working on my
writing and I know that some days I may not be able to write 1,000
words and other days, I know that I am going to be able to write a
lot more than that. The other big thing is finding a tool that shows
you how many words you can actually written instead of trying to
guess. If I can continue to write each day and see that I am
achieving my goal I think I am going to feel a lot better about my
writing. I am going to track how many words I write each day for a
while because it's important to see days that are very good and days
that aren't so good.
Not everyone can write easily and I
understand that. For me, I want to express some of the ideas and
feelings that I have so my writing is how I can do it. Some people
can draw their ideas and others can vocalize their ideas, I can write
them. So here I am knowing that I can actually write 1,000 words and
have to admit that it hasn't really been that hard to do.
So thanks for reading this entry, I
know it is a lot longer than a lot of my other entries but I really
wanted to see if I could do it. The word count of this document is
now 990 words so I can safely say I have written my 1,000 words.
Bye for now.