How to Write More

Do you want to know how to write more…create more?  You’re not alone many writers find it hard to focus and put out the word count that they would like.  If you’re a freelance writer then your income depends on the amount that you are able to publish.  The first thing you need to recognize is that writing is a craft and you get better with practice.  At the same time the more time you take away from your writing the harder it will be to get back into the habit.  Here are some tips to turn out more content.

Make a Plan

Writing is a process whether you are writing a novel or an article for a magazine.  It usually has three components, the outline, the writing and the editing.  If you are new to writing you may think that experienced writers just sit down and crank out masterpieces but that is definitely not the case.  Nobody produces good work in a single draft, they spend time researching, taking notes, writing titles or chapter headings and figuring out a reasonable daily word count.  Eventually the process becomes routine.  Here is a look at how you can create your own writing routine.

Use a Pomodoro Timer

Sometimes getting in the grind of writing can be harder than you think, especially if you’re writing on a topic you don’t like or that doesn’t interest you.  A pomodoro timer can help keep you on track.  It allows you to work for 20 minutes and then you take a 5 minute break.  Alternate short but effective bursts of work with short breaks, 20 minutes is not a long time so it can be fairly easy to get through.

Set Reasonable Goals

Once you have a routine not it is time to create some goals.  If you are a freelance writer then set your sights on getting as many writing jobs as you can handle.  If you have a contract with a publishing company then set yourself a minimum daily word count.  Either way you have people who are waiting for you to deliver your work.

If pressure is more harm than help then you will need to develop some coping skills.  Meditation can be helpful in dealing with stress.  You need to get comfortable with the stress of deadlines and working under pressure.

At the end of the day writing is a muscle and the more you use it the stronger it will be.

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