10 Tips To Increase Your Daily Writing Word Count

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Spring is in the air and summer is around the corner. There are baseball games, graduations, end of the year concerts, weddings, and a bazillion other things to do. Who has time to write?

This is the time of year when our daily writing counts can shrink to minuscule proportions. Unfortunately, deadlines and personal goals are still part of this time of year. Somehow we have to manage it all with the same gusto as the parka-wearing, happy-to-have-on-my-floppy-slippers season.

How can we keep up to the deadlines when our focus is out the window with sunshine and tulips? There are some strategies that can help.

Here are a few of mine. Don’t forget to share yours, too.

10 Tips To Increase Your Daily Writing Word Count:

  1. Always finish the page you are currently working on.
  2. Listen to music before or during writing to get you in the mood for the current scene.
  3. Reward yourself for small successes. Big ones yes, but small ones also.
  4. Keep a file of encouraging words to help you when discouragement threatens to set in.
  5. Close your eyes and picture the scene, walking through it with the senses in your mind.
  6. Find an object in the scene that shows how your character is feeling. (A Susan May Warren Tip)
  7. Ask yourself, “Why should my reader care about the character in this scene?”
  8. Call a writing buddy and tell them about what is going to happen next in your story.
  9. Tell an imaginary editor (your computer mouse, floppy slippers, toothbrush, etc.) why your book should be published.
  10. Force yourself to do something loathsome during your writing time until you are willing to write something. (This is pure magic!)

For more daily writing tips, check out my book Idea Sparking: 30 Idea Sparks To Write a Novel in a Month.

What are some of your strategies to increase your daily word count?

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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “10 Tips To Increase Your Daily Writing Word Count

  1. Since I’m on deadline (July 1 and only 20k written) this is very timely. Love #s 6 & 10 and will use them today. Bathrooms, here I come!

  2. lilaskid01 says:

    Loved those tips. Will copy and paste beside computer!

  3. joaniebruce says:

    Since editing is such a continual part of writing, it’s hard to write without editing immediately. However to increase my word count, I try to write without editing for a certain amount of time. I set a time limit and write whatever comes into my head during that time. Of course, you still have to come back and edit, but it makes the initial writing a LOT easier to get done. 🙂

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