Writing Tip #51: Don't Wait!
There’s never a perfect time for writing, so stop waiting for it.
Let’s be honest, you’re busy…I’m busy; sometimes, we can get overwhelmed, stressed, or even frustrated in many different ways, but often, as a result, our writing is put on the back burner. The problem with living our hectic lives day-in and day-out is that our excuses for not writing soon become comforting.
But it’s important to block out all the noise of the world and find the rhythm, structure, and freedom to write the work you want to create. Remember, you are not other writers; you’re not the writers you love even though they might inspire you, and you’re not the writers you went to school with or even studied. You must write work that you would love to read. If you don’t, your work will suffer, so find what works for you.
Here are some ways to make sure that you never stop writing:
Make a lot of lists. Lists force you to be linear and can give you a sense of completion. Small wins matter.
Don’t rush your writing. Give yourself time to settle. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so what’s the rush?
Trick yourself into writing. Even if you love to write, sometimes the thought of working through a difficult passage or resolving a complex scene feels like work more than anything else. Don’t fight this feeling; instead, give yourself two writing projects at once—the one you find time-consuming and difficult and the one you really want to write. Then the decision is no longer between writing and washing clothes. That can wait…
Restrictive daily writing goals sound enticing but... Like overly ambitious exercise plans, if you miss one or two, it’s easy to stop. Some days are meant for writing, for knocking out page after page until your fingertips are sore. Other days are meant for watching Netflix, so be open to changing your goals and try not to be so hard on yourself.
If you want to publish, you gotta hustle. You probably already know how to do this; you work several jobs and do what you need to do in order to survive. Now, imagine applying that same passion to your craft. Nothing in life worth having is made easy, so make sure you’re ready to put the work in. This is definitely when deadlines come in handy.
Lastly, if you ever stop loving this, stop doing it.
Everyone has an opinion about what, when, where, and how you should write, but you should only listen to this one: write whatever the hell you want, just make sure you don’t stop.
What are some tips that keep you writing? Leave them in the comments below.