If you don’t reach your daily word count you’re a lazy unqualified writer.
If you don’t reach your daily word count you’re not a true writer.
If you don’t reach your daily word count you will never be a professional writer.
If you don’t reach your daily word count you will never finish your book.
If you don’t reach your daily word count you will remain unpublished and unknown.
Guess what? You’re being bullied by your own daily word count.
We all know bullying is wrong and try to give kids advice on how to resolve these matters, but why do we bully ourselves? Why are we saying to ourselves consciously and subconsciously that
“The only way to write professionally is to hit that daily count”
Writing is hard, being creative is even harder, writing something that people will love to read is the hardest. So why are we putting ourselves in the corner and expecting better results under that kind of stress and expectations.
Daily word count is not fit for everyone and we should admit that. Some writers pull it off, some struggle with it but still do it, some force themselves into doing it during the National Novel Writing Month. But most of us are just people that work in full time jobs and try to squeeze in our artistic efforts.
It’s time to enjoy writing without pressure and without self bullying.
Hitting that word count sound more like an assembly line. Like a robotic mechanism that no matter what, will produce its product on time. But that’s not who we are and even the international work sphere has already started making changes and adjustments to the work surroundings (like the famous Google offices) or to the flexible office time where the results matter more that the time you spend making them happen. Offices around the world, mainly for big corporations which can afford it, try to be friendlier, allow more creativity and alone time instead of the constant buzz of the open space and the unproductive office meetings and executive pressure.
So why do we need to treat our writing as a 19th century factory? Just because some famous published authors say that it’s their method?
I write every weekend in the park close to my apartment. I take out a blanket and a hard writing pad, sit in different shady places and enjoy writing. I’ve got my steady paycheck that relieves the stress of getting my book done so I can earn a living. This process is fit to my life style, my schedule and my creative process. I might not finish my book in a month but hell I will have fun writing it and allow myself to feel like it is my passion and not my obligation.
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