My fingers hovered over the keys. My brain buzzed with energy. But no matter how much I wanted to write, I couldn’t find the words.
A few years ago, this is how I spent most of my evenings. My days were spent asleep, watching White Collar on Netflix, and feeling very, very depressed.
None of those things helped my writing, but they’re far from the only causes of writer’s block.
It took me several years to overcome my writing demons, but since then, I’ve gone on to publish ten books. On some occasions I’ve even written as many as 14,000 words in a day.
Even on days when my fibromyalgia is affecting my hands, I still manage to write something. Writing is how I pay the bills—if I don’t write, I’m in big trouble.
Is it any wonder I wrote a book on productivity?
Productivity for Writers may have been published in 2017, but since then I’ve continued to learn about both myself and productivity. As our lives change, so, too, must our approaches to life. Being diagnosed with chronic pain and fatigue in 2018 meant that I had to change the working processes I’d been using since I first started my writing career in 2014. I just couldn’t keep up the pace anymore. I had to learn to prioritise, to look after myself, and to rest when I needed to.
But even fatigue that meant I was spending most of my time sleeping or working wasn’t going to stop me from writing.
In a year—when my pain and fatigue was close to its worst, and I’d just lost my Nan—I wrote and published five books.
Now, I want to show you how I did it…
…and how you can, too.
Nothing I do is unachievable. I don’t think I’m a special snowflake. I just happen to be very tenacious and ambitious.
When I was at school my work ethic sucked. But the one thing I’ve (almost) always had a work ethic for is writing. Except for the 30+ novels I started and never finished as a teenager…because I didn’t have a plan.
You don’t have to make those same mistakes that I did, though. You could have a finished book published by the end of the year if you put the writing in now.
You’ve got the skills. You might have the idea. Now we’re going to give you the motivation.
Enter our 7-day writing challenge, which will run from 31 August to 6 September 2020.
Who can take part in the 7-day writing challenge?
Anyone! It’s a free challenge open to members and non-members.
How does it work?
To take part, you’ll need to sign up to our popup Facebook group. This group will only be open for the duration of the event—after that, it’ll be archived.
Each day we’ll post different tips to help you with your writing. Some will be writing-related, others related to productivity, motivation, or planning.
We’ll also have different activities like writing sprints and accountability threads.
If you get stuck or feel yourself waning at any point during the week, that’s what the group is for! We’re here to motivate and inspire each other to reach (and surpass!) our writing goals.
We’ll even have tips on how to get started if you’re not sure what to write about.
What do I need to do?
Once you’ve joined the Facebook group, take a moment to introduce yourself 🙂
Then start to think about what you could work on. We’ll have some sprints and writing prompts along the way, so if you want you could free write a different piece each day around the writing prompt.
Alternatively, you could use the time to focus on a long-abandoned novel, get you over the final hurdle of your work in progress, or start something completely new.
There’s no right or wrong way to approach this. Once you’ve built up a daily writing habit, you can use it for any project you like whether that’s a novel, a blog, or even writing for your day job.
What if I’m not working on a novel right now? Can I still take part?
Of course! The 7000 words you write can be on anything you like: blog posts, short stories, a novella…the list is endless!
If you’re a poet, you could even take part and use it to write 7 poems during the course of the week instead.
The aim of the week is to get you thinking about writing, motivation, and productivity differently.
You can then use the techniques to not only improve your writing skills, but to challenge old beliefs and habits that you’ve been stuck with for a really long time.
Some tips to get you started
- Know what you want to write about before you start writing
- Write at the same time of day, or…
- …write around the same time of day, for instance before breakfast or after dinner
- Ask for help if you get stuck
Where can I sign up?
You can sign up by joining the Facebook group here.
We’ll be posting various writing tips and inspiration in the run up to the challenge, so there’ll be lots going on in the group over the coming days.
It’s going to be a super-packed but super-fun week of writing and we can’t wait to get started 😀