It is every writer’s dream to be prolific. Each writer dreams of publishing more than five novels a year or meeting the deadlines laid for him. However, very few writers live the dream. Many end up procrastinating and having no work done at the end of the day.
In as much as it might seem tough to be prolific in the writing industry, it is possible. It is possible to write double the amount of words you’ve been getting down per day. For that reason, here are seven productivity tips to ensure you keep writing and meet your targets:
- Avoid multi-tasking
Some writers are caught in the trap of writing while connecting with their fans online. However, this only works to slow them down, and several hours later, they have nothing to show for their work. You’ll find that you are more productive when you stick to one task until completion.
- Research before you write
Before you begin writing, ensure you have all your research down. Some writers get into the habit of switching between tabs in the name of researching while still writing. This not only wastes a lot of time, but it also leads them to doodle on unnecessary tasks such as updating their Facebook statuses and such.
- Improve or change your environment
A cluttered desk will only leave you feeling disoriented and confused. Instead, observe some order. Also, an environment that is calm makes it easy to concentrate on the task at hand. And the more you concentrate when writing, the more likely you are to produce something that is of value.
- Rest occasionally and exercise
You should avoid overworking yourself. In fact, the more you work, the more time you should set aside to rest. Exercise on the other hand, is instrumental in one’s health as well as productivity. Daily work out sessions, however short, will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to take on any challenge.
- Work at your own pace
To some writers, they find it effective to write for 20-25 minutes and then have a break. Others, upon researching, can get down to writing for 3-4 hours straight without a break. There is no size fits all, so find what works best for you and put it into practice.
- Write first, edit later
When writing the first draft, one experiences a free flow of ideas which transfer into writing and makes it of high quality. However, if you keep on writing, while agonising on every word, you’ll end up cutting short the free flow. You’ll eventually end up de-motivated. Consequently, postpone proof reading for later so as to maintain free flow.
- Set clear and achievable goals
Before you begin writing, jot down some goals to govern your writing. Take into account how many words you want your novel to be, how many hours you’ll spend daily on writing and how soon the novel should be done.
As you can see, it is possible to remain productive throughout the writing process with the tips listed above. Good luck in your writing endeavour.