3 Ways to Be More Productive as a Writer
Sometimes, writing is more than just creativity. Becoming a strong writer requires self-discipline and attainable goals. Here are three ways to boost your writing productivity.
Some of the hardest things to eliminate from a writer's life are distractions. Distractions can impede your productivity and really bog you down mentally. While you’re writing on your tablet or a laptop, this can be an especially difficult challenge. The urge to keep multiple tabs open is one of the main traps. Checking your email and browsing social media are among the top diversions for writers.
One way to avoid this and get back to more productive writing is to start composing by hand again. Just use a simple notepad and pen to start writing as you would on your laptop or tablet. You don't have to do this all the time, but it's a good way to kick-start your productive writing sessions and get into the habit of distraction-free composition.
You can also use browser extensions that can block social media and other online distractions for certain amounts of time. Stay Focused and Work Mode are good, free extensions for Chrome. If you use Firefox, Blocksite is a good choice.
Find Your Space
A great habit to get into to boost your writing sessions is to find a space of your own that inspires you. Whether that place is the quiet of your room, a local coffee shop, or outside at your favorite park doesn't matter.
Another great way to unleash your creative muse is to go into work each day at a place away from where you live. There can be advantages to using coworking spaces as well as other spaces that are outside of the comfort of your home.
The first advantage is the flexibility to collaborate with your peers. You may want to write alone most of the time, but there are times when collaboration is sorely needed. It can be one of the best ways to brainstorm ideas, collect constructive criticism, or get fresh eyes on your writing when editing.
Set a Daily Word Goal
Whether you are steadily working on a major effort or continually tackling small projects, it is wise to set a word goal for your day.
One tip for setting your daily word goal is to constantly adjust the number of words you write per day. This assures that you are constantly challenging yourself and that your writing abilities get better as each day passes.
BTW, keep track of how much you write each day. Routinely monitoring how many words a day you can successfully produce a day can help you project how much money you can make in a day, week or month.
Writing is a marvelous creative outlet, and it is even better if you can get paid for it. Keeping your distractions in check, finding your space and setting daily goals will put you on the road to becoming a more productive writer in no time.
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