Build a Writing Kit
Sometimes I carry a small canvas bag, and sometimes I use a portfolio binder. You can choose whatever container works for you, as long as you have your laptop, notebook(s), and pens or pencils all in one place and ready to go.
When everything you need to write is already assembled, it’s much easier to be spontaneous and devote extra time to your writing.
Same Time, Same Place
I meet with my writing group once a week to sit together and write silently for one hour. You can do this on your own by setting aside the first hour after you wake up, or every Saturday morning, specifically for your writing.
When your brain gets used to a certain groove, your body follows along. It’s much easier to keep energy flowing in a certain direction when it’s already flowing that way.
Be Mindful about Scheduling
If you normally take the hour before bedtime to curl up with a good book, and you look forward to this hour every day, your brain is going to get good and pissed off if you take it away in order to do something else that feels a little bit more like work.
Pick a time slot for your writing that doesn’t take time away from your regular treats-and-rewards.
Get a Taste for Success
Certain smells and tastes trigger our brain in complex ways. You can take advantage of our biological wiring to produce stronger creative results by picking a candle with a scent that you love, or a specific fruit or chocolate that you really savor. Every time you sit down to write, expose your senses to this item first.
As you build your brain’s link with a particular scent or taste, your creative muscle will come to interpret it as a trigger for “It’s time to write!”
Get to Know Yourself
Probably the most essential key to writing success is being realistic about what will—and won’t—work for you. Take a personal inventory of your best and worst times of day, your strengths and weaknesses, and your primary motivation as a writer. And then take each of these things into account when setting your writing goals and navigating your writing career plan.
When your writing strategy is tailored uniquely to YOU, your chances of writing success increase astronomically.
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