There are many important tips for productive writing. Today, I feel I should share some of them with you. Like everything else in life, success does not come without structure, and writing is no exception. You may ask any successful writer, he or she will tell you the same thing. I know it is not easy to keep an effective writing schedule, especially those of us whose lives are swamped with professional obligations, pinned down by our daily stressors. Sometimes, we prioritize our to-do list to circumvent those barriers that continue to stall our writing projects. Too often, however, writing is treated as the neglected child that you always brag about while equally conceal as best as you can your love-hate relationship with that child. So, on this hot summer day in this era of Covid-19 when most of us are home, I think this is the perfect moment to share these tips below. Happy writing!
Don’t Try to Write Too Much
Remember to take frequent breaks that give your brain a chance to refresh. Don’t kill your
creativity by forcing yourself to write for too long.
Make a Word Count Goal
Choose a specific word goal for each day.
Give Yourself Deadlines
Avoid procrastination by imposing time goals on your writing. Every week, set a deadline for your writing (i.e. “I’ll write 5 pages by Saturday” or “I’ll have chapter 8 written by June 15th”).
Turn Off Your Internal Editor
This tip is perhaps the hardest one to implement, but also essential for productivity. Edit after you write, not as you write.
When it’s time to write, turn off your Internet. This will allow you to concentrate completely on your writing instead of your checking up on your social media.
Listen to Music
Now some of you may say that you like complete silence when you’re sitting down to write, but research shows that listening to music while writing can actually make you more productive. Opt for wordless music to reduce distractions.
Choose a Dedicated Space to Write
Have an office or a corner of your home that’s dedicated solely to writing so that you can seclude yourself when it’s time to write.
Note: These tips could be found the Book Editor.
Ardain Isma is a novelist and editing manager at CSMS Magazine. He heads the Center for Strategic and Multicultural Studies. He also teaches Introduction to Research Studies at Embry Riddle University. To see his books, click here.