Write like you are running out of time.
Because you are.
Sorry to say it, but each day that goes by is a day that we get closer to our deaths . . .
So why aren’t you taking every opportunity to write?!
Between work, school, kids etc, it can be difficult to carve out time to put pen to paper. But the only way we can get better is by writing every day.
Yes, every day!
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you
1.) Create a schedule
Treat writing like a vital part of your day. Just as you plan out what time you wake up, what time you make dinner and what time you leave for work, you need to set aside a consistent time for writing.
The amount of time that you block out for writing is up to you. You do not need to pencil in 6 hours of your daily schedule to consider yourself a serious writer.
It doesn’t matter.
If you stick to your schedule, you will still habituate your mind to write every day. Eventually you will find that you have a plethora of ideas at the ready before you even open your notebook or laptop.
2.) Set an alarm
Are you forgetful?
Do you get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life?
Setting an alarm can help you stick to your writing routine.
3.) Always carry a notebook with you
Just like your keys or your wallet, your notebook is a crucial tool to have with you at all times.
Maybe the guy sitting next to you on the bus has an interesting dialect that you want to use for your character.
Maybe the cashier at your grocery store makes a peculiar gesture or a unique facial expression that jump-starts the creation of your next villain.
Maybe you are struck dumb by the way that the sun shines between the clouds.
Whatever captures your attention, you want to have a notebook at the ready to jot down your inspiration before it’s gone.
Life moves fast. Even your most brilliant ideas can be swept away in the tumult.
Now I can almost hear you suck your teeth and say ” Well, that’s all fine and good. But what about writers block? Sometimes I have the time to write, but not the inspiration.”
Only writing when you have the inspiration will not help you.
Sorry, not sorry.
Part of growing as a writer is getting stuck, writing trash, filling your waste-bin with crumpled paper and exhibiting the restraint to edit your work later.
I hate to bog you down with the old adage: you can’t edit a blank page
But . . .
YOU CAN’T EDIT A BLANK PAGE!
4.) Reread what you wrote the day before
Reading your project from the beginning or from your last stopping point, can help put your mind in a creative space.
This will also help to keep you concentrated on the project at hand.
Sometimes we write out our feelings: our anger, frustration, sadness etc. That is all fine and good, until your romance novel turns into an impromptu murder mystery because Becky got that promotion at work instead of you.
Rereading your story will place you inside the heads of your characters and will keep your writing consistent from day to day.
Magnificence will not come to the faint of heart.
Talent means nothing without hard work and determination.
Remember, you are a writer.
Eat, breath, and dream the craft.