Writers need ways to make their life easier. Writers are busy people and have it tough enough as it is with drafting, writing, and re-writing. These steps take time, effort, and energy. Overcoming challenges can be difficult when trying to balance everything.
Whether you are a part-time blogger or the next J. K. Rowling, finding ways to make your life simpler helps your creative juices flow more and your stress to decrease. These ten simple tips will make your job as a writer so much easier in the long run.
1. Schedule Your Day, Week, & Month
Ever heard of a writing calendar? Sit down and schedule how much you want to write a day or how much time you want to spend writing. You can color code your calendar and establish rewards for accomplishing your goals. Writing, even if it is only for half hour a day, will help you feel more organized and less stressed about fitting everything in.
2. Create a Scribble Notebook
Sometimes writers run out of ideas. The lightbulb just won’t turn on. Because you can’t always take your laptop everywhere, it’s good to have a “scribble notebook.” You can use it when commuting to work, traveling on vacation, or eating in a restaurant. Your “scribble notebook” doesn’t need to be fancy or fine—a simple one-subject notebook will do.
When I’ve started a new writing project, sometimes I feel tempted to skip outlining. Why outline when you can just jump into writing? Well, outlining can simplify your life by saving more time overall. While Creating an outline will take a small amount of time, it will save more time because you will have less re-writing to do. There’s a million ways to outline, and this post may help.
4. Take a Break
If you have been working on a particular project for awhile, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, you may have writing burnout. There are many ways to resolve writing burnout, and taking a break is always a good option. While working hard and being dedicated is important as a writer, knowing yourself is also important. Set your newest chapter or next blog post to the side for a day or two. You’ll come back with fresh eyes and renewed enthusiasm.
5. Go for a Walk
Fit some time into your busy schedule to exercise. It doesn’t have to be difficult or super strenuous. A walk or hike can do wonders for your creativity. In fact, studies have proven that exercise helps creativity, and when you are more creative, you will write more effectively and efficiently.
6. Don’t Forget to Read
A good book does wonders. Writers can read literature, other blog posts, newspapers, etc. If writers read what others are out there writing, writers can learn about new perspectives, world events, and opinions of others. Reading helps to simplify writers’ lives by enabling them to take a break from writing and to examine the written word from the hand of another.
7. Hang Out with Other People
Friends can help you reduce stress and, in return, help you write! Being with friends can (1) help lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, (2) help you be healthier when dieting and exercising, (3) solve problems, (4) improve your mood and make you laugh, and (5) even make you live longer (read the entire article here). Call up a buddy when you feel stuck or stressed. Afterwards, you can return to your writing feeling rejuvenated.
8. Let it Go—Just Sit Down and Write
I’m a perfectionist. Maybe you are, too. More often than I’d like to admit, I’ve put off writing an article or an essay because I want to wait until it’s just “perfect.” Although there a numerous ways to overcome writing perfectionism, the simplest way is to just sit down and write. When writers overcome their fears and worries, they simplify their lives by removing the stress of perfectionism.
9. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Feeling worn out? Feeling uninspired? Maybe you need to get more ZZZZZZs. Being well rested will help you become more productive as a writer. This article explores famous writers’ sleep habits and their literary productivity.
10. Hire an Editor to Improve Your Work
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