How To Make Each Writing Day Count

By on February 12, 2018
How To Make Each Writing Day Count - writer's life .org

When it comes to writing, we all want to be more productive and feel great about what we are doing at the same time.

Often, when we set aside time for writing, we can find it hard to make it count. It might only be a few hours, or it might be a whole day, but trying to make your writing time time well spent is so essential.

It’s good to remember that writing is something we choose to do, and because of that it is something that we should feel good about. So whatever kind of writing project you are working on, it’s a great idea to use your time set aside for writing wisely.

But how can we do this? Try these helpful techniques:

Be grateful

So many people want to write and aren’t able to. This just could be because they are too scared to try because they feel they have no time, or because they just don’t know where to start. The fact that you are writing and have got this far is something to be celebrated. Take some time at the start of each writing session to think about this, to feel positive about your writing and appreciate how good it is to be able to do it.

Be expressive

Writing is such a wonderful opportunity to express oneself and to be as creative and imaginative as possible. Use your writing time to capture your thoughts and feelings, to explore them and turn them into compelling stories. Try not to censor yourself or hold yourself back, and you’ll find the process so much more cathartic and rewarding too.

Notice the beauty of things

One of the most satisfying things about being a writer is having the ability to capture how beautiful things are. Next time you start a writing session make some time to take a walk, sit in your garden or just notice the everyday things in your home which you might take for granted. Use memories to conjure stirring images of the things you’ve seen and the places you’ve been to. Find expressive language and brilliant metaphors to translate these images onto the page.

Learn something new

Make sure that you use some of your writing time to learn new things. When it comes to writing there is so much we can learn, so many lessons to take away and so many ways we can improve. Help yourself by opening yourself up to different possibilities, by exploring and experimenting with your writing and allowing yourself to be educated too.

Spread the love

Helping your fellow writers will make you feel part of a unique community. The more you encourage other writers, by joining conversations, offering critiques or buying, rating and reviewing their books, the more you’ll feel part of this, and the more you’ll get out of it too.
Write what excites, motivates or inspires you

Make sure whatever you are writing, it is something that you are passionate about. Search within for what drives you, what makes your eyes brighten and your pulse quicken. Your writing should be exciting, after all, if you don’t find it so, how will anyone else?

Keep doing what you love

By doing what we love we are making ourselves happy. Writing should be a joyful thing in your life, so just remember that each time you write you are doing what you love to do, what you are passionate about, and that is a great thing indeed!

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

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