Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The blog post is on the long side, but a writer who, like myself, has a baby in her home, describes what she did to improve her writing output. Although she is a fiction writer, her advice is general enough to be helpful for almost anyone involved in creative work who faces little time and many distractions. I'll simply list the name of each side of her strategic "triangle" and advise you to follow the above link if you think it could be helpful:
- Knowledge, or Know What You're Writing Before You Write It
- Time [This includes setting time aside, guarding it ferociously, and tracking its use. --ed]
- Enthusiasm [I think knowledge and self-awareness are crucial to developing this. --ed]
Every writing session after this realization, I dedicated five minutes (sometimes more, never less) and wrote out a quick description of what I was going to write. Sometimes it wasn't even a paragraph, just a list of this happens then this then this. This simple change, these five stupid minutes, boosted my wordcount enormously. I went from writing 2,000 words a day to writing 5,000 words a day within a week without increasing my 5 hour writing block. Some days I even finished early. [minor edits]I'll be able to use something from this post for at least a couple of projects I'm working on, and the timing for finding this post was fortuitous: I was close to a scheduled reevaluation of my progress and tactics for each.