Some days are perfect, aren’t they? Everything is on point and very productive. Others, it’s a struggle just to get out of bed without falling on your face. I find myself resting on the side of face-falling about 85% of my time lately…especially as I struggle to find time to write leading up to this season’s Camp NaNoWriMo session in April.

With only 5 days to go before the big kick-off, I have set my goal of producing 25,000 words of my novel series project.

Here are 5 of my favorite tips for writers of any age, background, genre, and skill:

  1. Create Your Own Personal Writing Space
    • Don’t go overboard. All you need is a distraction-free and consistent environment.
    • Make it a special spot at your dining room table, your home office, or your favorite table at Panera.
    • Establish someplace where you can go for a preset time and simply tend to the task of writing.
  2. Establish Writing Goals
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    • Set yourself an overarching goal for the entire project. Then break your project up into smaller chunks and set a goal for each smaller chunk that will allow you to make your overarching deadline. Break each smaller chunk up into separate writing sessions and give yourself a deadline for each session.
  3. Track Your Progress
    • Keep a spreadsheet or a notebook handy that allows you to track your performance. Information needed would be *scheduled* start and end times, *actual* start and end times, total time spent writing, and total number of words written. This will allow you a quick glance at where you sit for the month.
    • Don’t get too fancy. You don’t need elaborate formulas or even pretty colors. Keep it simple. This is just a way to track your progress and shouldn’t take more time than your actual project. This leads directly into number two, The Pareto Principle.
  4. Remember the 80/20 Principle
    • The Pareto Principle is a simple one. It states that 20 percent of your time and effort will generate 80 percent of your results. This principle is true for most things in life, like the distribution of wealth and even the number of writers compared to the percentage of the total number of books sold.
    • Using this principle, identify and get rid of the 80 percent that isn’t helping you.
  5. WRITE!
    • This seems self-explanatory, but worth the mention.
    • JUST. DO. IT. You’ve spent a significant amount of time planning and making this opportunity possible. Don’t squander it.

If you’re serious about writing, you will take every opportunity to make your dream a reality. It is only by the amount of effort that you put into this that you will get any worthwhile results.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Walter Elias Disney