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Got into some kind of writer’s block? That’s an irritating feeling every writer has time to time. However, pros are pros, because they know how to overcome the I-don’t-want-to-write-anything-in-my-life dike and set the creativity flow bicker, prattle and whimper.
The first and foremost thing to do before getting down to pen and paper
Clear your working space up. Welcome as much light to the room as possible and let the sunshine rays warm up your inner-writer. Is there a thick layer of fug on your working table? Is that cup you use to pour coffee in seeming like it would appreciate some good washing up? Is there so much dust on the screen of your laptop that you turn the brightness on to distinguish what’s written on it? Then it’s high time to clean everything around, preferably with a hoover. Remember – clear working spot clears up your mind getting it ready for a productive and consistent writing session.
The shortcut to finding a source of inspiration
New ideas are here, right beside you, or on your left, or in the window, or on the street. Human brain is a tricky matter, you can spend half an hour browsing the Web for inspiration and get nothing, and you can take a ten-minute walk and catch enough incentives to fit in a couple of written opuses.
The bottom line? Don’t get stuck, if you feel you’re milling about – focus on any other object or event non-related to the subject and you’ll see your muse tank filled with creativity fuel.
Writing well is impossible, if you…
…don’t have a writing plan. A short draft of what goes after what is a great deal of help, plus it saves an hour or two at the end of the day. Simply mark off each important paragraph with a short sentence and follow the outline to the very victorious end.
In addition to, a writing plan serves fine to refresh your memory tomorrow, when you’ll be trying to recollect what exactly you have been dwelling upon today. Did you miss anything? Nope, because you have an outline, and it keeps all the important notions you wanted to embed into the main copy.
Exercise time management
An ideal time to write 500 words of a good article is two hours. Editing will take an hour more. By and large, it is the ideal result you have to aim at. Do they call you Woolgatherer? Fetch yourself a timer and start working in 120-minute windows. Make small 10-minute breaks and then write on until the piece is complete or until physical and moral limit is reached.
Moreover, a solid writer actually puts words on paper for 5-6 hours a day. The rest of the time she has a rest, does some background researching or whatever there is in the daily itinerary.
You just do it, no slack is cut
The hard truth is – putting it off till tomorrow is a sign of weakness. Successful writers (and successful people in general) are workaholics, they get the job done and never leave until the deed is done. Have five pages of an essay to deliver? Have a chapter of your novel to show the publisher next week? Have an article to show your editor in two days? You sit down, you write, and you do your best.
The final piece of advice? Sometimes sleeping on your literary masterpiece is the best thing to do. But here you must be aware that tomorrow you’ll have to be twice as more productive. So have a good head on your shoulders and just don’t be a lazy bone. Writing is fun, so don’t miss expressing yourself out.