Suckers Writers, I’ll be tagging my posts for the challenge as September 30K, if you’d like to do the same, or follow the tag. (Or block it, if you’re not doing it, and don’t want to see me cracking the whip on myself and these other poor bastards every day for a month.)
I’d suggest taking some time this weekend to lay out whatever you’re going to work on, and then jump in with both feet when Monday hits. That’s Labor Day for the folks in the states, so take some time after putting all your white pants in storage to slap down your word count. Remember that you set the goal on this one, be it a page a day, or 500 to 1000 words daily.
Doing something new? Make copious use of brackets like [whassisname] and [somehow they get here] in your prose to keep from getting hung up. I like to use [research this later] to keep me from wandering off into the internet mid-sentence. (You really do not need to look up the name of that battle or horse breed or musical theory or drink recipe right now, Leah. Just keep going.) It’s always easier to fill that stuff in later than it is to pick up writing again after reading wikipedia for two hours.
Finishing up a bunch of stuff? Make a reasonable list of what you want to accomplish and tie up this month. If you’re stuck on one project, switch to another that day. If you’re stuck on all your projects, go for a walk. Fold laundry. Play with the cat. Make a cup of tea. Come back to the work in ten minutes and see if you know the next sentence after taking a break. I find it helps.
Mostly, get excited about you’re doing. Enjoy it. It’s better than any sim game ever— you get to make everything. If you don’t have fun writing it, people won’t have fun reading it. So throw the miserable artist tropes out the window. At the end of the month, nothing is owed to anyone but you.
And if all else fails, whiskey.