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As a new author and probably also sometimes for established writers, it can be a challenge to keep his writing going. Maybe you have even experienced that it is difficult to maintain motivation? In this article series where this post is the last of three, you get my tips to stay focused on writing.
Create your own writing manifest
In connection with an online course I attended, I prepared my own writing manifest. It’s now two years ago and is still the background image on my computer.
When I feel lost, I read the manifest through and I have read it many times! Especially paragraph 10 along with the image of the rose from my garden reminds me of why I write.
I hope that you this inspires you to prepare your own writing manifest. It doesn’t have to be 10 statements that I have here. Less can do it too.
Eat an Elephant
How do you eat an elephant? The answer is simply bite to bite!
If you share your writing project in several parts, so each task is manageable to complete, then your focus here and now is only to complete the next task. That way, you won’t be quite as easily overwhelmed as a decision to write an entire novel or else can quickly do you.
For example, you can create a schedule for your writing project that contains what you need to do week by week. This may be the author Almanac for example. Also be used for.
An outline or a chapter overview of your book is also a way to break down the writing task into manageable chunks. You can break down a chapter further by split it into scenes. This will only focus on writing the next scene.
Here is an example from my novel project of the Lunar Guardian Circle, which I write on in the writing program Scrivener veins.
You can read more about the method in Michael Kold’s book (advertising link) How to eat an elephant.
Make the most important first
When you set yourself by your writing space, start with the most important task. If the main task is to get written, then start with it.
It may mean that you’re not as active on your Facebook page, or you don’t get the blog post that you really intended.
This is among other reasons why it is half a year since I last wrote a blog post. I focused on the most important thing first, namely to have written my two stories to the competitions.
Type each day
Besides doing the most important first, please write as far as possible, also every day. There are several advantages to writing (almost) every day:
- The story is always in touch and how far you have come.
- Even if you only get a single sentence, you’re longer than you were yesterday. In this way, it is the many streams small method that gets you in goal.
- Last but not least, it becomes a habit eventually, so you feel the urge to put you and write. In this way, you automatically produce more text.
A dedicated writing space
I’ve got my own office, which I have decorated brightly and nice. There is a bookcase with books, a large work desk and a good office chair. I have decorated up with bright curtains and flowers in the window. Beautiful postcards stand in the bookcase, and my daughter’s colourful paintings hang on the walls and make me happy. On a big white board, the notes are on the story I’m about to write, along with encouraging quotes. Finally I have just bought a nice trælysestage (cheap on sale) so I no longer have to pick the candles from inside the dining table.
It’s a luxury to have its own writing room, and I’m super fond of mine, but much less can easily do it. Make sure your writing space is comfortable and good to sit by, no matter what it is just a corner of the dining table or your very own office.
The advantage of a fixed location is that you automatically encode yourself to expect that when you sit there, then you are there to write.
My office also works as a home workstation when I sometimes need peace to immerse myself in some work. However, the first long time I had trouble working at home because the office had become my space where I sat and wrote, and then I could not work there too. In return I could write!
It works really well to combine a dedicated writing space with writing every day. The two support and enhance each other’s impact.
A project at a time
One project at a time method is akin to do the most important first method, and is the primary reason why I have been silent on the blog. I needed to focus on a project and only one to reach the goal with my YA book.
When you’re only working on a project at a time, you’ll get to the goal faster, and you shouldn’t have any more stories in your head at the same time.
It should be said that there are some authors who have the best to write on several projects at a time. If they get stuck in a project, they will continue on another project, so that they will at least have a written one or other.
For me personally, it works best with a writing project at a time. It may not prevent the ideas from popping up, and luckily for that, but the ones I note then down either in OneNote (Evernote is also really good for this), on my whiteboard or I start a new scrivener veins project up if it’s a bigger case.
It may sound at first sight strange that in my last tips for you, I say that you need to get up from your writing space and be physically active. Well, I shouldn’t write, would you probably immediately ask?
The answer is, but only afterwards. If you get stuck with writing, go for a walk, hang the laundry (if you haven’t already done so in post 1) or go out and lug in the garden.
When you carry out an action with your body and give the brain a break, it works much better when you come back to the keyboard/stylus. Often the good ideas come from themselves as you do something else.
I have had good experience of combining the tomato method, which I wrote about in the Last post, with being physically active. I write for a period of time and keep a break like in the tomato method, but during the break I do not go on social media or do anything that requires major brain activity. Instead, I take the dish, change the bedding, etc. The advantage of this method is that I get more written but also get the domestic duties.
Combine them all
If you have read with all of this, then you have now learned that I do not have a one-off solution but use a variety of methods and often in combination to stick with Skrivelysten and stay focused on writing.
We are different and therefore all methods do not necessarily work for everyone. If you want to write more, use the methods that work for you.
This was the last post in the article series how to write more. I hope I have inspired you to find your own writing focus.
If you have other good tips to get written more, then share them in the comments and let us learn from each other.