Let’s Talk about Writing

I’m a novice, an amateur, a beginner.  I’m lucky to have several friends in the writing world that have been able to give me advice and ideas along the way.

I want to hear from YOU.  The writers out there.  I know NaNoWriMo is coming up, and I’ve convinced myself I “can’t” do it, because I will be busy with work, the holidays, etc.  Yet, I know there are writers out there that hold down full time jobs too.

So if you’re feeling generous, share with us.  Tell me how you get in the right mind frame to write. How do you eliminate distractions?

Here is what works for me (so far):

1) Not writing at home or work.  Coffee shops, libraries, anywhere that’s not work or home.  Less distractions and I feel like I NEED to be writing when I am there.

2) Scheduling time to write.  Today, there happened to be some bonus free time, but I have scheduled writing time every Wednesday.

3) Writing sprints.  Keeping with the scheduled time to write, writing with yourself or several others and forcing yourself to reach some goal during that time- whether its words, pages, or edits.

4) Easing in to it.  Some days when I sit down to write, I don’t feel like writing, or my mind is too distracted.  I force myself to do a writing exercise- a blog post, a short story, anything to transition into “writing mode”. (Now you know why I wrote this post today 🙂  )

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