As many of you have most likely gone through yourself, I find I go through periods were I want to do anything but write. I've heard of this "method" of writing 500 words a day and have decided to give it the old college try. To put it in terms of numbers, if you mange to write 500 words a day, you have 3500 words a week done and 14,000 words a month output. It may not seem like a lot in the grand scheme of things when writing a full length novel, but it's better than having zero words at the end of the week.
Also this method gets the ball rolling. You can write as many words as you want in a day, so long at the minimum of 500 has been met. The first day I did this, I wrote just over 3000. So it's like giving your brain a warm-up. Like telling yourself you just need to do 20 minutes on the treadmill, but by the time you get going, you are more likely to keep going past 20 minutes.
To add to my productivity increasing experiment, I have also added a word meter bar (look to the top right of the blog) to give me a visual representation of my progress. To get the HTML link for yourself, just click on the bar and it will take you to the page. I get excited when I can add my words to it and can actually see the bar moving to the right.
Oh, and I have placed a bunch of post-it notes on the wall above my desk telling me: 500 Words A Day as a neon orange reminder. So here's to a new method of writing!