6 Tips For Writing Productively
Do you feel like you’re not good enough to write? Do you struggle to find the motivation or inspiration to write consistently? Do you want to get better at writing and be able to do it with more speed and quality? In this article, I’ll give you 6 tips that will help you become a prolific writer and make writing enjoyable again.
Have a Writing Habit
Write daily, with a set time and a specific space. Keep a little notebook next to your bed and write any random thoughts that pop into your head before you go to sleep. Write as if your life depends on it– because it does! Read what you wrote later on when you have time, and try to find out what went wrong.
Reward yourself after reaching certain goals (10-page sprints; weekly word counts). Don’t be afraid to take writing breaks. Writing is hard work and requires immense mental effort, so make sure you’re taking care of yourself by eating well, getting enough sleep, exercising, etc. And lastly, always make sure that your passion for writing outweighs the hardship of writing itself.
By now, we’re all aware of the distractions that come with being online. Whether it’s checking emails or Facebook or Reddit, these things can suck up your time without you even realizing it. These are just a few ways to reduce distractions and stay focused on writing:
- Turn off push notifications
- Switch devices when you need to take a break
- Delete social media apps from your phone (or set them to do not disturb)
- Find apps to help you stay on task
- Find inspiration and motivation by listening to podcasts while you write or reading inspirational quotes over images that inspire creativity and ideas
Accept that there will be lulls in the day when you find yourself staring at the screen and having nothing come out. Know that this is normal and don’t let it discourage you. Think about what to do during those times-whether it’s taking a walk outside, reading other books, or writing something else-until you get back into the groove again.
Set Realistic Goals
Realistic Goals. Setting realistic goals will help you feel more motivated to get it done. Break down large projects into smaller pieces, so that you know exactly what your goals are and when you’re expected to finish them.
Know Your Strength & Weaknesses
One way to become a more prolific writer is to first identify your strengths and weaknesses. What do you know the most about? What are your favorite topics? Where are you lacking in expertise? This can help you get a clearer idea of what to write about.
Some common suggestions for improving a lack of expertise include reading up on the subject or reaching out to experts, whether that’s via phone call, email, or in-person meeting. Other ways people have found success with writing more often include finding mentors and joining community groups focused on connecting like-minded writers.
It also helps to be proactive when it comes to marketing yourself as an author by maintaining social media accounts (e.g., Twitter, Facebook) and by seeking out opportunities to share your work with others through public speaking engagements or blogging. If you’re struggling with time management, set reasonable goals for yourself so you’re able to continue writing without feeling too overwhelmed.
Surround Yourself With Writers
Surround yourself with other writers. Not only will you be able to read their work and offer feedback, but they can do the same for you! It’s also great to find someone you trust (not necessarily a family member) that can provide some honesty about your work without being too harsh.
Surrounding yourself with other writers will also allow for a wealth of new opportunities when it comes to sharing events, publishing deals, or teaching spots in creative writing programs.
Do your research before taking on any freelance opportunities. Only taking on projects that are feasible from a workload perspective, will save both time and energy when it comes to managing your schedule. This does not mean that you need to say no anytime someone offers you money for your services.
Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things
Don’t be afraid to try new things if you want to know how to write more productively. You never know what will work, but you’ll never find out if you don’t experiment. For example, some people enjoy writing after drinking coffee or taking a walk. I like to write first thing in the morning before I do anything else.
This means making coffee in advance and setting up my favorite music on my phone while it charges overnight so it will be ready when I wake up in the morning. Don’t feel guilty about switching it up when your process becomes stagnant!