Writerly Things 7/27/2020: Back to the Basics
How many have you been away from your writing life for a while? The Covid-19 shut down shop for more than just regular jobs across the world. It took it’s toll on writing as well. So how do we get back to where we were?
Draw Up a New Schedule.
Are you a schedule person? I am. I love to have lists of things to do on my list. I make one for my writing as well as chores for the home and outside. Your regular job might require a list to help you sort out where to begin there as well. You might have fallen out of routine and a quick adjustment will square you away.
Schedules help us to see things. We can glance at them and organize things for the better. What’s more, coming up with a plan gives us a vision on where to go. That instantly improves my mood. I feel empowered. Ready to go at things that way. I wish I could say I worked this way since youth but no, took me a while to even try the lists. Now, I won’t go back to the disorganized way of living I did years ago.
Try a Timer or a Certain Number of Words.
Set the timer for five minutes. Keep the word count realistic. You’re not going to be able to do five thousand when you can barely string two sentences together at first. Let yourself build up each time you write. That way you don’t burn yourself out or aggravate yourself to the point-of-no-return. Each session should start with a warmup and proceed to the real investment of your time. Doing things this way will give you a path to climb.
While you’re climbing, don’t forget to celebrate your small successes. Each little toe-up matters. No one goes to the top overnight. You work your way there day-by-day. When you do reach the top level, you’ll be glad you put in the time because it doesn’t end there. You always need to keep reaching higher, proving to yourself you can do this.
Form Good Work Habits.
If you want something, you put in the time. However, unless you only want to write one book in your life, you’re going to have to keep at it. Over and over, you’ll need to challenge yourself. Don’t keep on the same path with each story but expand to something new, something brighter. If you push yourself to keep on going ahead, your career will be amazing and satisfying.
It’s those that get stuck in the rut of writing the same thing over and over that fall by the wayside. Now, I’m not saying write a science fiction one book and a romance the next. You can vary your genre but try to stick to one for at least three to five books before spinning to the next. This will build your knowledge of that particular genre and give you a boost when you go to another.
Beyond that, have fun. Experiment. There’s a whole lot of world out there to explore and even more in your imagination. Always be trying to do better than you have previously, that’ll give you good stock to work with. Work with others when given the opportunity. Co-authoring can be fun. Keep your integrity. Don’t compromise who you are. Now, that’s not saying, you don’t listen to the advice of your editors. By all means, learn from them. There will be times you agree and times you disagree. It’s all part of the growing. Good luck.
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