I think we can all agree that there aren’t enough hours in the day. Each day, I wake up and set my goals for the day, but I rarely get through all of them. Now, it could be that I’m setting ridiculous goals, but I’d like to think that it’s more about finding the time and inspiration I need to push through and get them done.
Most of the time I write for work, rarely do I find the time to read or write for pleasure, but time like that is always important. As Stephen King said: “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Today I’m going to show you some ways you can find that time and inspiration you need, along with a full infographic on how to become a better (and more successful) writer.
The Best of Intentions: How to Find the Time and Inspiration You Need to Write
Writing is a skill like any other. It requires dedication, practice, and passion. Those three things are far easier said than done, but today I’m going to help you by offering three tips for finding time, space, and inspiration.
1. Finding Time
Here’s the thing about writing and time: just because you have a lot of one, doesn’t mean you’ll get any of the other. You could have six hours of time, but that doesn’t equivalate to, say, 10,000 words of writing. It’s all about finding the right time to work.
For some, it’s early in the morning, others only at night. A great tactic is to wait for a moment in your day where everything in peaceful and your mind is clear. Grab your computer in these moments and start writing. If you have a stretch of time, like a vacation, use that stretch of time to relax and pump out as many words as possible.
2. Seeking Space
Sometimes a separate office isn’t practical, so you have to work with what you’ve got. If other people have access to it, set rules so they know you mean business. I also personally listen to music or Brain.fm to drown out the noise going on in the house around me.
Whatever works for you, but remember that you need to put your foot down when people try to interrupt you. Unless it’s an emergency, you’re working and that’s that.
3. The Pursuit of Inspiration
Like any other method of practice, setting a routine can help train your mind. This won’t fix issues where you’re stuck staring at a screen, but it will help your mind understand that this is the time each day to push out the distractions and focus on the story at hand.
Finding Success As a Writer (Infographic)
It’s time you found success as a writer, so I’ve brought you an infographic filled with everything you need to increase your productivity, channel your energy, and plenty more. Check it out and let me know how it helped you in the comments below!
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