You’ve written for an hour. You’re tired. Your coffee is cold and your fingers are numb. But you haven’t reached your daily writing goal.
If you stopped now, you’d feel inadequate for the rest of the day. You want to just save your file and walk away until tomorrow. There’s nothing more you can push out.
But before you close that file, hit save and crash on the couch, stop and…
Write ONE MORE PAGE. It makes all the difference.
There’s this feeling you get during a writing session when your mind says ” Okay, that’s enough”. Suddenly all that energy you had, seeps out like a leaking balloon. You’re deflated. In an instant, you just don’t feel like it.
There’s many causes of this occurrence:
Lack of sleep. Lack of love for your story. Hard work or cold coffee. Numb fingers. Bills to pay. Chores to be done.
But it happens.
Instead of stopping right then and there, check your page number. See where you’re at…
Now write one more full-page. Just do it.
You’ve set a goal. You may have already failed your daily goal, but it’s not too late. With one more page, you can achieve this small goal. This helps with the guilt, secures confidence in your work and thus helps you return the following day to continue to write. It’s a mind-set people.
I’m on page 54. I’m all out. I’m done.
No! I’m going to make it to page 55.
After that one more page, there might be a part of you that says “Maybe I can go one more”…A part of you wants to keep going to reach that daily goal. You might get lost in that one page and write on without even knowing it — This has happened to me.
But with the one page goal, it’s so easy, that it’ll just flow out. And you’ll feel good. That’s whats important.
Along with the big accomplishments, we need to learn to thrive onto the small ones too.
Negativity kills writers. It’s paralyzes them from the waist up. No mind, no hands.
So next time you feel like just STOPPING…Don’t.
Write just one more page.
Always be writing. Everyday.