Most writers will tell you that writing is not something you can force, that it comes from the heart. And when you find that flow, you will be unstoppable. However, reaching that stage where you can write as though you really would never stop is something only a few achieve.
If you are an aspiring writer and feel like you will be stuck in this phase forever, fret not. The good news is that you can certainly get yourself to write more each day. The bad-but-not-really-that-bad news is that you will have to make it happen, because no one else is going to do it for you. The better news is that it’s not that hard if you really want to achieve those incredible writing goals. And it starts with managing your day.
Make The Hours Count
You only have 24 hours and you are not writing as much as you would like to. The first hurdle you are facing here is the lack of time to actually sit and write. So ask yourself just how much time you spend on social media platforms, or watching TV and listening to music. Now, all these – socializing, watching something new, and relaxing through music – are important. And you may even learn something there. But they are not productive to your writing, so you should do something about them.
If you want to make time for the thing you love, you need to let go of those things. You don’t even have to cut them out completely, just curb them first and see how it feels. Decrease or increase the time you spend on those things as you go along.
This one’s tricky. Now that you’ve got the time to sit down for an hour or so every day, how do you get yourself to actually write if you’re not really buzzing with ideas?
Learning is a never-ending process. You don’t stop learning once you’re out of college or school. In fact, it’s something you do every day, even if you may not realize it. Take the next step and actively learn something. It doesn’t have to be strictly academic or in relation to the book you’re writing. It just needs to be of your interest.
Learning more about the things you like would give you food for thought and keep your mind abuzz with interesting thoughts. This is how you get new ideas and the drive to write.
You’ve got the time and ideas – what’s missing? It’s you processing it all out on paper. That was the whole point! Writing, rewriting, editing, and then writing again is what it’s all about. That’s when you need your brilliant ideas, not in the shower or in the office.
A simple trick is to keep track of your thoughts in a diary or a ‘notes’ application on your phone. This way, you’ll be on track the moment you start writing. And your precious one hour will be the most productive you’ll ever be in your day.
The last step is to actually write. When you’re doing the other things right, this shouldn’t be as hard. The key is to find productivity with whatever drive you have. Waiting for it to come to you miraculously is only going to end in disappointment.
Get out there and make the most of it. Learn more, read a book, talk to someone you haven’t in a while – ideas can come from anywhere. Keep jotting it all down as you go. Write your heart out once you sit to do it. Know that you can make changes later. Keep writing even if you don’t really feel like it. And see it all turn around for you. Opinions expressed here by Contributors are their own.