We all have to do some writing on a daily basis, and many of us don’t like it. Sometimes, it may even feel like a chore. Other times it may seem impossible. If this is your case, here are some tips to help you write better and make the writing process less painful:
1. Write often but edit seldom
Don’t give yourself an easy out; treat writing like any other commitment, and don’t cancel on yourself if something comes up. The more often and longer you write, the easier it will become to sit down and find the words you want to capture on paper.
Writing should be done in short bursts, but editing is better done over time. If you want to write fast, edit slowly.
2. Choose a schedule that works for you
I write at least 500 words every single day because it’s what works for me. What schedule works best for you? You can schedule your writing in the morning before work, during lunch, or after dinner.
3. Write from the heart but edit from the brain
Your first drafts are just rough drafts, and later on, you’ll edit them into better pieces with more structure and focus.
4. A break is essential
Reward yourself with a break after a certain amount of time or a certain number of words have been written, such as 10 minutes or 500 words. Give yourself permission to quit after some minutes, but don’t set any limits.
5. The right environment
Find a quiet place to write where you won’t be disturbed. In the beginning, this might be your bed or the couch. Write in the same place each time so that you associate it with good feelings and inspiration.
If you have trouble staying focused, try using earplugs or noise-canceling headphones to block out distractions.