As writers there are so many things that need to be accomplished. Finding the ideas and developing them into posts or stories and finding the time to spend on actually writing the content are probably the two hardest tasks of any writer. One day inspiration may be there and another it's like looking for a needle in a haystack - just not there.
Being a new writer, or even an experienced one, it can always be hard to figure out where to start on a new project, post or story. So I've worked out five things that all writers need to do in order to keep up a schedule and stay focused.
There's a quote out there somewhere by Stephen King which says "If you want to be a writer you must do two things above all else; read a lot and write a lot." This is so true, reading fills our heads with imagination and ideas - although be sure to be inspired to write not inspired to copy. No one like a copycat! Read all the books you can get your hands on, I know I do. I try and read for an hour a day at least and thats usually a book before bed, not counting the newsletters and blogs I follow.
Always have a pen and a notebook on you. Inspiration can strike anytime and without writing it down you won't remember it. You'll tell yourself you will but you wont. Trust me, I did this the other day when I thought up and idea for a possible freebie for you guys and I didn't write it down - now you'll never know what that was. Most smartphones come with a note taking app that can sync with your laptop too, I am currently using Evernote.
Every so often just write down everything on your mind and see whats there. It might be a load of complete jargon and a list of chores, but there also might be a few random ideas that come out of this. I did this before starting to write my first novel, I wrote down three random things and now I have 42,000 words. Not so silly now is it? Why not give it a go now? Grab some paper write down everything thats on, or comes into, your mind and then filter it after a few minutes. There might be some gems hidden in that beautiful head of yours!
Make A Routine;
Make a routine and make time to write. Even if it's ten minutes a day where you enter it all onto your phone (yes this is how I write at work) it's still better than not writing at all. There are two ways you can make a routine; either fit a set amount of time into your routine and write for 45 minutes or 30 minutes whatever time frame fits with your schedule. The other way is to set yourself a daily word count, this is my preferred method and my daily word count is 300 words. I'll start writing and not stop until I reach 300 and if I miss a day I usually make up for it on the weekend when I have more time.
Probably the hardest one of the lot is actually sitting down and writing. Working full time and then coming home to do more work can be mentally and physically draining, especially if your job entails you to sit at a computer all day, no one wants to be a laptop hugger for 24 hours a day. Which is why I try and create a routine before becoming one. Then once your set time or word count is complete you can stop with work and get back to your relationships and social lives. Writing needs to come naturally so if you're trying to force it take a break and come back the same time tomorrow. Just remember although you need to write, it needs to be inspired writing and that doesn't happen when you try and force yourself to do it.
Are you a writer? Share some of the things you need to do in order to get words down on the page.
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