The September writing contest at highdesertblogging.com is ending today. Since I own this blog and am the one who created the contest, it’s pretty much up to me to advertise it. So I did. And still am. Even after 8:00 pm. The contest ends at 11:59 pm tonight. That means if more writers send in entries, they have a little over three hours to write a nonfiction article of 500 to 1000 words on autumn. Can it be done? Of course. Didn’t you know that writers do their best when they get to procrastinate?
I needed to blog today and hadn’t yet because I’ve spent my evening, after the day job and dinner, advertising with the little bit of time left on the contest. A young writer friend and I were in a Facebook conversation about the contest. I told her she still had time to enter. Since she said she would enter the contest, I told her I would write a 500-word blog post. At the end of this sentence my word count is up to 173.
This blog post began at 8:20 pm. The purpose of this post is to let you see how long it takes to write 500 words – and how to motivate yourself to write a blog post. Did I say motivate yourself? Yes, that is correct.
We can come up with a page full of
excuses reasons why we don’t have time to blog or write. Let’s see how many I can think of right now that I’ve thought of before or heard from someone else:
- I don’t know how to write.
- I can’t think of what to write about.
- I have to get up early in the morning.
- I’m working all day and am tired when I get home.
- Who is going to read this anyway?
- I’ve got major writer’s block.
- I’ll do it tomorrow.
Those were easy to think of. What if those seven
excuses reasons are turned into seven ways to motivate ourselves to write? Oh, my, now I have a challenge to meet. It’s 8:41, and I’ve written 331 words. Let me hurry and change those seven.
- I know I can write something.
- I won’t think about what to write – I will just write.
- I will write at least 500 words tonight because I know I won’t want to write before the day job in the morning.
- I will write down ideas of what to write about during the work day at breaks and at lunch and write after dinner tomorrow.
- Readers of my blog, bloggers who subscribe to my blog, like-minded individuals who follow me on social media will read this because I will link this to those places so they can find it to read.
- I will write about how all you have to do to get rid of writer’s block is look around you during the day for ideas: colors, the season, the reasons people give to procrastinate.
- I won’t wait until tomorrow; I’m writing now.
Now it is 8:50 pm, and word count at the end of this sentence is 503.
That’s how you motivate yourself to write and to blog. You don’t think. You just start writing. A pattern will begin to unfold. It’s not the time to critique, to rewrite. That time will come later.
See? You can write at least 500 words in less than an hour. How did I motivate myself? By encouraging another person to write. Hmmm…that’s an idea.