I’m often asked questions that boil down to “how can I get more writing done?” Although more writing doesn’t necessarily mean more income or better writing, it may well be that you have good reasons for wanting to increase the number of words you generate.
Here are five simple ways to get more writing done:
- Schedule a daily writing period. Our minds and bodies seem to respond well to a certain amount of routine. How to get on a writing schedule that ACTUALLY WORKS! is an article that talks about several ways to create a schedule. Or make up your own method.
- Write when you first get up. This won’t work for everyone, but according to Monday Master Class: How to Schedule Your Writing Like a Professional Writer more professional writers work in the morning than any other time, so it’s worth considering.
- Turn off the TV/radio. In other words, if you want to write more, eliminate distractions when you’re writing. 5 Ways to Avoid Distractions has some good suggestions for handling distractions at your computer.
- Write while waiting in line. Okay, you probably won’t be able to get deep writing done in the checkout line, but you could write a quick character sketch or capture an idea. The point is to find ways to work some writing in often. Jeff Herring wrote Standing in Line at the Grocery Store, You are Surrounded by Article Ideas.
- Take a real breaks, away from the computer. There’s evidence that taking breaks increases creativity. The Importance of Taking Breaks talks about how Google uses breaks to help their employees stay creative. I figure if Google does it I can’t be far wrong.
Getting more writing done is often a matter of simply sitting down and doing it. It’s a practice and most freelancers find it easier as they go along. Try some of these techniques and see if they don’t improve your production.
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