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الثلاثاء مارس 01, 2016 1:51 am

If you stop writing How to Successfully Start Writing Again


If you’re anything like me, part of your New Year’s Resolution (that’s still a thing, right?) was to write more. It might’ve been to hit a certain word or page count in a day, write for a certain time length, develop a number of ideas in a day, etc. Whatever it was, you told yourself you would write more. You had writing goals, writing resolutions.

At least I did.

And now it’s a couple days from February and I’ve got a whole lot of (mostly) nothing. Nada. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Sticking to those set goals? Pfft.

Back to the drawing board. I decided to think back to some of the most important lessons I’ve learned about writing, whether that was in a classroom setting or sitting alone staring at a computer screen. First, writing is hard, folks. (Duh.) It’s not always as easy as flipping a switch and pounding out something worthwhile.

Here are some methods and practices I’ve used to get back to writing consistently previously (and in the past few days). Hopefully these will help you find a little writing motivation and get back in the saddle, too.

Set a Time
Writing is a lot like exercising. Sometimes you can’t get over the mental hurdle of actually exercising when you haven’t exercised in awhile. Writing is the same way.

With that in mind, make writing a routine—as routine as brushing your teeth, eating lunch, walking the dog, etc. You want writing to be a part of your daily life, something you do without even thinking about it. So sit down to write, every day, at the same time. It won’t take long for a habit to form.

And whatever you do, don’t take a day off. It’s really easy for, “I’m tired, I think I’ll skip writing today and pick it up tomorrow,” to turn into a week’s worth of no writing. Most of the battle in forming a habit is mental.

Audience
Writing can be hard if you don’t have someone to bounce ideas off of, read your work, and encourage or critique you. Yes, long term, you’re writing for a specific audience. But I’m thinking here and now. It’s hard for me to write if I don’t have someone else reading it, someone expecting something from me. I recommend having writing partners, buddies, hombres, etc. It’s good to have someone you can take a completed work, draft, or even a section of a draft to. They can tell you where they think your writing is the strongest and where it trails off. I find it good to have another set of eyes, someone who can confirm or deny suspicions, anxieties and preconceived notions you might have about your own piece.

In that same vein, I think it’s good to have two or three writing buddies. A lot of writers don’t like other people to read anything they’ve written until it’s complete. Understandable, particularly if you don’t want to be influenced along the way. But having a couple of people comment and critique your work isn’t a bad idea. You can get different opinions instead of being pulled and influenced in one direction. Or, if you’re lucky, they’ll concur on an opinion.

Also consider a writing buddy that doesn’t actually write. Or at least doesn’t write in the same kind of category that you do. I like to bounce ideas off of a creative writing professor, but I also have a friend who is mainly into screenplays. Different voices and perspectives can be both eyeopening and encouraging as a writer. I know it’s scary to let someone else read your writing, so pick someone you trust. And make it personal. Meet with them face-to-face. You get honest feedback when someone reads your writing and comments on it when you’re in the room.

Monitor Your Thoughts
I’ve found that thinking about a certain story I’m working on can be exhausting, especially when my mind is running through ideas all day. Turn your writerly mind off for awhile.

If you think about what you’re going to write, what that character is going to do next, your next big scene or plot point all day long, you won’t want to write when it comes time. It’s okay to drift off and think about things once in awhile. Just don’t do it all the time.

Of course, one way to combat this is to write first thing in the morning. Then you can think about your story all day long, go to sleep, and still be okay the next day. But if you’re a night writer, it’s awfully tough to think about writing all day and then actually do it.

Bring a Notepad
…or your iPhone, iPad, whatever, with you everywhere you go. That way, when you think about your story, you can actually write ideas down.

I can’t tell you how many times inspiration will strike and I don’t have anything to write it down on or in. Granted, sometimes that happens while I’m driving. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend trying to write down the perfect opening scene or title while navigating rush hour traffic. But you get the point.

Don’t let ideas (good, bad, or the other) go by the wayside. If you don’t write them down, they’re gone. Don’t tell yourself you’ll remember it for later, especially when ‘later’ becomes, “I’m tired, I think I’ll skip writing today and pick it up tomorrow.” It adds up
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By: Cris Freese





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الأحد أبريل 17, 2016 4:52 am

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السبت مايو 07, 2016 7:38 pm

It is a highly effective topic

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الأربعاء ديسمبر 14, 2016 1:12 pm

Great, thanks


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