Say no to Zero Days

You’re probably already asking, “What is a zero day? And why am I saying no to it?”

I first learned about zero days at a #writestuff chat on Twitter. The question was: What do you do when you don’t have enough spoons for writing that day…week…etc? Sophie Alice Action brought up zero days and how she strived for at least a non-zero day and linked to a Reddit post (warning strong language.) It was an idea that a lot of us in the chat that night really clicked with.

So, what is a zero day and why should you care about it?

A zero day is a day when you don’t do a single thing toward a goal or dream.

Like finishing a first draft.

Or a round of edits.

Writing the blurb.

Or hitting publish.

In order to have a non-zero day, all one has to do is ONE thing.

It can be one minute to midnight and as long as you get that one sentence––one word even––you’ve had a non-zero day. You could even count deleting a word or sentence as a non-zero day. After all, if the word/sentence had to go, then you’ve improved the story.

How can you fail that?

However you count it, the goal of a non-zero day is to have something––anything––that moves you toward your writing goal. It can be a first draft or a published novel. Just keep moving forward. No more zero days. Even someone like myself who rallies for finding the writing routine that works best for you can get behind that.

Have you heard of non-zero days? If not, what to give a shot? How do you move toward your writing goals? What motivates you? Let us know in the comments. And don’t forget over on Twitter to use #StoryDam in your tweets so we can encourage each other.

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Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow. She writes New Adult under the pen name Patricia Josephine.

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    • LOL. Yup, it’ll be easy during NaNo, but once NaNo is over and you get that urge to be a little lazy and not crack open the WIP, this is a good motivator because if you get one sentence in then you might keep going. And if you don’t, then you still non-zero dayed it.

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