How to have a 200-day writing streak

Time to make the word count

As of May 3, I’ve written every day for the last 200 days, averaging about 1,400 to 1,600 words per day. On May 3, 1,500 words in the outline for my next Rucksack Universe book put me over the hump.

Writing takes many forms for me. Sometimes it’s outlines and drafting for fiction. Sometimes it’s drafting articles for clients. Sometimes it’s planning documents and new ideas for the business. (Sometimes it’s writing emails or blog posts for really cool people. You know, like you.)

All those things count toward my daily numbers. In all my years writing, there is indeed a special secret that I’ve learned. After all, the writing isn’t always easy. Some days it’s hard. But here is the secret that helps me, and I hope it helps you:

Show up every day.

Yup. That’s it. It doesn’t matter if I’m tired or jazzed, or if each word is a flow or a fight. I show up. I sit down. I write. Sometimes it’s 2,000 words in one go. Sometimes it’s a hundred words here, a few hundred words there, throughout the day. It doesn’t really matter. All that does matter, is that one word written is one more word than I had written before.

All that matters is showing up. There is no muse. There is only effort. I write until I’ve written enough for the day. That’s typically 1,200–1,600 words for me (though there are some Sundays where I let myself do only around 500).

There’s no magic, formula, or silver bullet.

There’s just showing up.

Now to aim for 300.

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