You might think that words just magically form inside writers’ heads and get typed onto paper just like that. Yes, on a really good day, there are writers who can, but more often than not, writing is incredibly hard work. It involves a lot of stops and starts, tears and heartbreak, sleepless nights, and blank paper. Here are some valuable tips from some of the prolific writers of our time to create a productive writing habit.
1. Set a daily writing schedule
It doesn’t matter what kind of writing you do, just as long as you do it every day, at the same hour. Call it your Writing Hour or any fancy and fun name you can think of. You don’t need to publish everything that you write, either. You can just write in your notebook or save it on your computer. Just make it a daily habit of writing something. Ernest Hemingway reportedly wrote 500 words a day without fail. Try it! It’s a very good habit to cultivate.
2. Read a lot
Lack of inspiration is the most common reason writers stop writing. That can easily be resolved if you read books. Read that bestseller everybody’s been talking about. Read the new book by your favorite author. Read anything that interests you and inspires you enough to get you writing ASAP!
3. Create the best writing atmosphere
Some find the bustle of a Starbucks coffee shop a great environment to write, while others find it too distracting. Some prefer a quiet and cool room with a great view of the outdoors while others can write from the comforts of their beds. Find the most conducive place for you and just write away.
4. Share your work and get constructive feedback
Let your blog followers read your work. Share it with your writers group and ask what they like and don’t like about it. Get your family and friends to give you feedback, too. It’s important that you know what your readers think. This is how you get the pulse of your audience.
Practice makes perfect. Write every day so you never get rusty. Write long pieces and write short pieces. Write different forms of literature. Write for different niches. Write to perfect your craft and to expand your horizon.
6. Avoid editing while writing
Not only does it disrupt the natural flow of your thoughts and words, but it also forces you to critique your work even before it’s finished. Ignore the spelling errors and just type everything you want to say. You can do the editing later.
7. Find a writing inspiration
Maybe it’s because of how this writer builds up the suspense, how he creates such compelling characters, or how he can express himself with the simplest but most effective words. Whatever it is, having a writing inspiration can steer you in the right direction and help you find a writing style and voice that’s uniquely your own.
8. Reward yourself!
Lastly, don’t forget to treat yourself for writing and finishing a piece. It’s not a small feat to create and write something that readers will love and enjoy. Buy yourself that something special or gourmet bag of beans. You deserve it for a job well done!