|Productivity Tips for Writers.|
This one is a biggie. Yes, we have a lot of things we must do from, writing, to
editing, to marketing. But it’s not an efficient use of our time if we try to
do everything all at once.
|Watch out for unlimited web-browsing.|
We definitely need to build an online platform, but spending hours surfing the
web isn’t the way to do it.
your time. The way to get all the various tasks done that need to be done
is by scheduling our time. Find the most creative time and guard it for your
writing first. Then work around that time for the other tasks you have to do.
stuff. It’s only human nature to want to do the easy things first. But
that’s not always the most efficient use of our time. Come up with a schedule,
then do the tasks that are scheduled, whether they’re hard or easy.
working. Writers are like anyone else, we’re passionate about our craft.
But we need to make sure we’re spending time practicing our craft, not
|No cheating allowed.|
a reward. It’s great to build in rewards, but make sure the rewards aren’t
sabotaging your progress. For example, if I’m on a diet and I lose five pounds,
I don’t want to reward myself with a calorie-laden meal. With writing, if I
make my word count goal, I want to build on it, not take the rest of the week
about the big dream. Sure we all want to write a blockbuster. But that isn’t
my only goal. I have lots of goals that will lead up to that one. Don’t be a
big-picture writer and lose out on the chance to fulfill your dream.
Yes, we need to make plans, and follow a schedule. But if we’re so concerned
with the process of planning, we’re wasting valuable time. Write down your
goals, come up with a schedule and then GET TO WORK.
With writers, like most creative endeavors talent is a good start. BUT diligence
trumps talent every single time. Doing the hard work to learn all that’s
involved with becoming a professional writer will get you much farther than
even a huge amount of talent.
I’d love to know what you’d add to the list.
Edie Melson is the author of numerous books, as well as a freelance writer and editor. Her blog, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains ChristianWriters Conference and the Social Media Mentor at My Book Therapy. She’s also the Military Family Blogger at Guideposts. Com, Social Media Director for SouthernWriters Magazine and the Senior Editor for NovelRocket.com. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t miss her new book from Worthy Inspired, coming in May WHILE MY SOLDIER SERVES.