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Post  Greenify13 on Thu May 14, 2009 1:04 pm

9 Ways to Jumpstart Your Writing Goal

Building The Writing Habit

1. A set time. Each and every morning I wake up at 6am and begin writing. They say the first waking hour is the Golden Hour, where you concentrate and experience the most creativity. I think this is true for me, and it can be true for you even if you aren't a morning person. Once you are in the habit of writing at a certain time, that is your Golden Time.

2. A set place. Since I do my writing right when I wake up, it's pretty much always done in my bedroom, at my writing desk, on my laptop. While I will occasionally write from other locations or on different computers, this is home base (literally). The purpose of this is to continually trigger my mind into a creative flow. You might want to have a completely separate computer just for your writing in order to build an even stronger connection with writing and this apparatus.

3. Writing Utensils. I do 95% of my writing on my Dell Inspiron 6000 machine. It may not be luxurious, but it gets the job done. My program of choice for all initial writing happens to be Dark Room. It is a very basic program that takes up the whole screen and forces concentration on the written word.

4. Idea Lists. An important part of stimulating creativity is the act of bringing plentiful ideas to the writing table. To do this it is important to carry a Moleskin or a Voice Recorder with you throughout the day. You might be in a very random place when you get your million dollar idea and you'll want to capture every nuance of it instead of letting it get forgotten by trusting your memory.

5. Kill Distractions. I hope no one skimming this list is going to throw a hatchet at the first person to knock on the door while they're writing. On a serious note, it's very important to preserve quiet in a distraction free writing space because it takes several minutes to enter a creative flow state after a disturbance. If it takes you 15 minutes to get into maximum flow, and you get distracted every 20 minutes, you aren't realizing your full writing potential as you throw yourself into the writing world.

6. Quit Quitting. Get used to quitting all those self-limiting beliefs that say you have nothing to write about, no fresh ideas, and cannot properly articulate the language. Forget that. Put the pen to the paper, and write anything that comes to mind, and see where that takes you.

7. Sit In Dark and Silence. Create a time where you can just sit with your eyes closed for 15 minutes and think. You can concentrate on the stillness and block out all ideas or try asking a question of someone that has all the answers in the world. You'll be surprised to find that your mind will generate the answers for you, then get up and write.

8. Ideas, Not Grammar. I know that my ideas are worth their weight in gold, but my grammar might not always be on top of the class. If that is the case with you, don't worry about it; write however you write. If it's a serious piece of work, the editor will take care of it for you. Otherwise your purpose should be to make the ideas as understandable as possible, and nothing more.

9. Revisit. Contrary to number 8 that says 'Write and don't worry about it', a great writing habit is to revisit your work to revise. On a second run, especially after a day break from the work, you get to see it with fresh eyes, and a fresh state, that can word things in a completely different way. This is where you make your ideas even more understandable.

What different writing habits do you have? Do you think any of these will help you? Any suggestions for fellow writers?
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Re: 9 Ways to Jumpstart!

Post  Pilot on Thu May 14, 2009 2:58 pm

Greenify13 wrote:9 Ways to Jumpstart Your Writing Goal

Building The Writing Habit

1. A set time. Morning just does not work for me. The first hour after waking I'm like the yeti in Bugs Bunny cartoons: "Which way did he go, George, which way did he go?" Big-time DUH. When I decide to write seriously, I shift my hours around to the quiet of post-midnight writing. Sleep until noon, take care of what's left of the day, put wifey to bed and start writing.
2. A set place. I write in my little converted bedroom-now-my-office. I use this Compaq Presario 6000 which is almost as old as I am. Still works great (so far).

3. Writing Utensils. Had never heard of the Dark Room program until you mentioned it, Christine. Looked at it, but think I'll stick with my Word 2000. It helps me catch my dumb mistakes and I've grown used to it.

4. Idea Lists. Until recently, my memory was almost photographic, and is still pretty darned good. Thus far, I've been able to retain any ideas that pop into my tiny little mind for when I write.

5. Kill Distractions. This one takes me back to writing in the wee hours. Nobody ringing the phones or doorbell at 2:00 a.m.

6. Quit Quitting. Quit? What is quit? I don't know that word.

7. Sit In Dark and Silence. Flight does the trick for me. Climb up there and look down on what appears to be an insignificant world. Puts my thoughts in order better than anything else.

8. Ideas, Not Grammar. I just sit down and crank the words out. My word program alerts me to boo-boos with its green and red underlines.

9. Revisit. ABSOLUTELY!!! A fresh mind reviewing what you've written often makes things much more clear.

Do you think any of these will help you? Any suggestions for fellow writers?

Find your own pace, what works for you. We're all different, so there can be no hard and fast rules. Your ideas will help many, 'cause most of you are more sane than I. Very Happy
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