It does not matter how slow you go, as long as you do not stop. ~Confucius
By now, you are probably wondering if writing is your calling and if it is worth your time to sitting down, pen in hand, scribbling notes that may be out of context on several different platforms. Think Google Docs, Microsoft Word or some other novel planning notepad that is not easily accessible. I admit that I am guilty of that feeling. I mean writing takes an emotional toll on you, requires time that may be out of reach due to competing priorities.
Trust me, I understand your struggle. But, with developing good writing habits, it’s not so much the time or effort put into the writing, but really defining your “why” on writing a book, article or that email to your boss, colleague or friend.
Let me assure you that writing is a process and there are no quick fixes to become a better writer. All you can do is practice, practice, and practice some more. Taken all I have learned over the years, I studied the writing styles of many authors and publishers. Some of their techniques are as numerous as the grains of sand at the beach.
Parsing through each and providing a comparison tools outlining the weaknesses and strengths of each writing technique would be a toilsome process. But, no worries! I intend to simplify the process for you with three simple steps you can take now to begin writing like a PRO.
BITE-SIZED TIPS TO SPARK YOUR WRITING
Idea#1: USE IMAGERY
Imagery allows the reader to become in tune with the places, the sights, the sounds, the taste and the smell of objects, people or situations you or your characters face in the plot. Too much imagery can be daunting for a reader to grasp but striking a balance is important to maintain engagement throughout the text. Here is a list of sensory words you can use in your writing starting today.
Idea#2: WRITE TWO PARAGRAPHS A DAY
There is no perfect time to write. Unless you are trying to figure out when during the day you write your best material (i.e. morning, afternoon or evening). Knowing what time of the day might work for you is totally up to you but don’t bog yourself down if you don’t make it to your daily writing session at home at 5:00 PM for example.
Whether you have daily responsibilities or not, carving out only 15-25 minutes a day can help you write two paragraphs if you cannot commit to 1,000 words a day. The small steps you take compound to bigger results. So don’t wait when you have one hour carved out. Remember that every little effort counts towards achieving your goals.
Idea#3: DEFINE YOUR “WHY” FOR WRITING
You have probably heard this saying from Simon Sinek in one of his YouTube videos many times before. But he does make a valid point. Tape somewhere in your workspace or other visible surface (i.e. fridge) three sentences on why you want to write an article, book or based on other writing ideas you have in mind.
These three sentences come in handy when you need a quick pick me up statement to boost your energy and provide much needed encouragement when you are feeling down.
Writing shouldn’t be time consuming or a place to make plopping sounds with our feet but rather should be a room of comfort to share ourselves unabashedly with our readers.
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