How To Write Productively

by Lindsay 5/25/2017 8:39:00 PM

***Blog post contributed by Patrick M. Greene

 

You just told yourself that you were going to go and write a book, but there is just one problem. You have to write.


It is easy to say that you are going to start writing your book today, but it is rarely done. Most writing enthusiasts don’t even know where to start. There are some who do not know when to start. They know how to start, but they just don’t have the energy to start writing. I mean, who can blame them, really?


Writing is tiring. Most people think that it is much better how they have already published their book and how people are praising them for their perfectly written book. But there is bad news: after you’re done fantasizing, you have to accept the reality that you haven’t even written a single chapter yet. You then get back to your workspace. After being intimidated by the amount of work you need to do, you’ll realize that you just can’t do it anymore. Then you get back to your bedroom accepting the fact that you’ll never be a writer, and then you feel asleep. When you wake up you’ll feel all motivated again to write your book, but it just doesn’t happen. The cycle just keeps on going.


Want to know how to be productive with your book? Want to know how you are ever going to consider yourself as a published author? Well, here is a little advice for you: just write.


Just write. Don’t think about anything. Just write. You don’t have to think about whether or not you are doing it right. When we are talking about creativity there is really right or wrong way of writing something. Writing is about self-expression so just forget about the technicalities for a minute. Well, of course your book has to make sense but that is what editing is for.


Right now, your job is to write. You wouldn’t have decided to write a book if you don’t have a specific topic on mind. Write as if you are running for your life. Write everything that crosses your mind.


You have to accept the fact that writing isn’t a one-way process. Rather, it is two-way. The first step is to write. Just write everything, and then the second and last part of the whole writing process is the editing. This is the part when you’ll examine if there are some scenes that you have written wrong. This is the part when you have to take a look if all the sentences are written in the best way they can be. Spot Phrases and sentences that can be rewritten in a better way.


The key to good writing isn’t a wide vocabulary. As a matter of fact, writing is more about making sure that the reader understands what you have written. Bear in mind that writing is a form of expression. With that, you should make sure that your writing is understandable. When you have come up with a book that is easy to read and understand that is the time when you can say that you have productively written your book.

 

AUTHOR BIO


Patrick works as a contributor at https://www.essaytwist.com. He is a former editor of a small town newspaper publishing. He is an avid fan of social media, and runs his own page for writing enthusiasts for his college. With the rising clamor for healthy living, Patrick immersed himself with water sports.

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How To Stay Inspired As A Writer

by Lindsay 5/22/2017 10:25:00 PM

How To Stay Inspired As A Writer


Guest Post Written By: Brenda Berg


Every writer hits that place, where it's not quite writer's block but you're stumped as to where to go next. When that happens, don't panic. There are ways out of the slump you've found yourself in, and it's not hard to get back out. Try these tips when you're feeling creatively drained and need some help.

 

Scout the news

There's always something interesting happening in the news. Read newspapers, watch the news on TV, pay attention to online news sites. You'll find human interest stories that will give you plenty of ideas to get started.

 

Change up your routine

Are you always doing the same thing, every day? Change it up. Go out for a coffee when you normally stay in. Walk the dog late at night. Get up early and see the sunrise. Whatever you normally do, switch it up for a day or so. Changing up small habits can lead to a change in thinking, which can do your creativity a lot of good.

 

Learn something new

In order to write authentically, one must always be learning. That doesn't mean you have to re-enroll at college, but make sure you're open to new experiences. If you do want to do a course, Academized offers plenty that will catch your eye. You're sure to get plenty of ideas this way.

 

Eavesdrop in public

There's nothing more fascinating than a stranger's conversation. When you're out and about, ditch the headphones and listen to what other people are saying. Often, even just fragments of conversations are enough to spark off new ideas in you.

 

Look for a method that works for you

No one writes in the same way. You need to find what works for you. Do you like to gather all the information before you start, or do you just fly by the seat of your pants? How about editing? Do you go it alone or do you find help? Writer Gary Baker says, 'I like to use online tools to help me edit my manuscripts. The Australian Help grammar guide, for instance, is great when grappling with a certain grammatical rule in my writing.'

 

Get away from the keyboard

Are you sitting at the computer, willing inspiration to come? Give yourself a break and get away. Go for a walk and allow yourself to think of something else. The combination of exercise and the break will help the creative juices flow again.

 

Find your inspiring place to write

Everyone has their favourite space to write. For some, it's the corner of the living room, with the cat curled up at your feet. For others, it's the local coffee shop with a brew in hand. Linda Forge, a custom essay writer, says 'I like to write outside whenever I can. Sitting in my garden and writing in the fresh air does me the world of good.' Find where your best writing spot is, and use it.

 

Keep a writing journal

Every day, sit down and write two pages in a journal. Once you start, don't allow yourself to stop. Write about whatever comes into your head, no matter how mundane or odd it feels. This is called free writing. You'll think you have nothing to say, but you'll be astounded at what comes out when you start writing. Use either a Word document or a real notebook, whichever works best for you.

 

Give all these tips a try if you've run out of creative steam. Before long, you'll be back to your old self, and have plenty of ideas for new manuscripts.

 

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