Day 26: Writing – Give advice to writers
Easy ways to make time to write
Writers are notorious procrastinators. Those with a full-time job might argue that they don’t have much time to write, while those who stay at home might find that there are too many distractions. Productive writers have one thing in common, they make time to write.
One of the first things to do is to know what keeps you from writing. It could be that you would like to spend more time writing but that you, in the name of research, get easily distracted by everything that’s available on the Net. Maybe you prefer reading over writing. It could be that you watch too much television or that you are a notorious napper.
If you get easily distracted, you need to set goals for yourself. If you can write one or two articles per day, great, that’s thirty-one or sixty-two articles per month and that’s nothing to sneeze at. By setting goals for yourself that you can actually achieve, you encourage yourself to do more, rather than facing disappointment by setting your goals too high.
Keep a notebook and pen handy. Inspiration can come any time, any place, but unless you can jot something down, an idea, phrase or impression might quickly disappear. Preference should be given to a book over scraps of paper as those might easily get lost.
A fast and easy way to help you in your writing is a Dictaphone. This tiny tape recorder can be used in the car, in a coffee shop, in the park, or any other place where you might find inspiration. While dictating you don’t have to worry about typos or correct grammar, you can just talk and type up your ideas later. Someone else can even do the typing for you. Your spouse or children might welcome such a project to practice their typing speed and accuracy.
You will know best whether you are a morning or an evening person. If you are at your most productive in the wee hours of the morning, try to get up an hour early to write. If you’re more of a night owl, wait until everyone has gone to bed and the house is quiet to devote some time to write. If you have a full-time job, use your lunchtime to write.
You can use your laptop and run off battery power; your iPad loaded with a writing program such as ‘Pages’ or use pen and paper. Writing longhand may actually be beneficial to your writing. Many writers claim that typing influences their creativity and they write better using a pen.
Leo Tolstoy used to write sitting in the market square. If it worked for him it might work for you.
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