Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dramatically boost your writing!

Content is king, but what happens when you find it hard to write as much as you should? The following are quick and easy ways to get into a set routine, without the boredom that’s often attached to it:

1. Pick a time and stick to it
. If you can manage to get up early, it’s probably the best time of the day to write. The world is quiet and ideas can flow freely without any distractions. After a good night’s rest, you also have the energy to jump-start your thoughts. If you are however not a morning problem, this could be a problem. I know a lot of writers who say they prefer working till 2 or 3am! I certainly am not in that category, but I have no qualms about setting my alarm for 4am to wake up and write. Pick a time which suits you and stick with it. Even if you have no work at the moment, continue to get up early (or work late) and fill this time with freewriting exercises (http://writechoiceforyou.blogspot.com/2008/12/freewriting.html), drafting query letters or even writing the first draft of a short story/novel or poem . Just keep writing.

2. Make your writing zone a private zone. You’ve heard of writers penning their bestsellers in cafes and parks, but for the most part, writers will prefer working in a quiet environment. It’s said that Stephen King wrote for days in isolation, and this is not an exception, but generally the rule to producing good, quality stuff. Shut yourself up in your office, den or any private room and get to work.

3. Forget 15 minute gurus. These are the clients who ask for 4 easy blogs per hour or writers who claim they can produce them! No one can write a draft or even a short blog in 15 minutes. Pencil in a decent number of hours per day to write and work your schedule around these hours. If you have limited time, set a timer for one hour. Use it to write. Not check emails or get distracted by the shelf that needs dusting or the plant that needs watering. Write until the timer goes off. Take a 10 minute break and if you still have time, get back to writing for another 1 hour.

4. Aim for perfection but know when to stop
. There’s no such thing as a perfect article, simply because perfection in writing varies from person to person. The trick is knowing where to stop. I usually write, print and edit and make the changes, and then give it to someone to read it. If they come up with changes, I take those into consideration and then add them in if I feel they need to be included. I then read and re-read my final piece. Definitely not a 15 minute process, and it's what clients (and readers) pay for.


Deanna said...

These are excellent tips. I agree about the writers who claim to write articles or blogs in 15 minutes - maybe they do but it isn't realistic for the majority of us. I like to research and find new angles, so it takes me a little more time to complete an article or blog piece. Enjoying your blog. :)

Usha Krishnan Sliva said...

Thanks for commenting Deanna. I think a lot of writers who can do client pieces in short while probably just reword an article they've researched. I could be wrong, but that's the only way I can think of to create pieces in short time.