I’m not going to lie to you and pretend I’m a great writer, and that everything I will be putting up will be gospel truth.
There are definitely better places to go to receive writing tips and tricks, but I wanted to start with some basic, easy things that I didn’t realise when I wanted to start launching my writing career.
Tip #2: Plan A Writing Schedule
It doesn’t matter what you’re planning on writing – whether you want to start with a blog or are planning to go straight into a novel – you need to set up specific times so that you can actually write.
I’m not kidding – it can take a lot of time (probably more than you realise) to set up, write and organise each post or novel, and that’s not getting into any graphics, pictures, memes, research, or editing you will need to do.
Unless you’re exceedingly rich, you need to make sure that whatever you want to write about can fit into a schedule that works for you.
If you’re writing blog posts, you should consider:
- How frequently you want to post
- What you specifically want to write about
- And a specific theme focus
Make sure that the times you want to put aside are something that is manageable within your schedule.
If you’re writing a novel or article, you need to do something similar; however, with novels, you’re focusing on one central theme and plot point for the entire story, whereas blog posts have to be constantly new and updated.
Whatever your schedule is, make sure it’s clear to everyone, including (and especially) yourself, that this is specific writing time.
Seclude yourself in a specific area where you can write freely, with little to no interruptions.
For me, I find that sitting somewhere with music playing – thank you Spotify – and making sure I have “Do Not Disturb” turned on.
I’ve removed all social media programs from my phone, bar Instagram, so I can’t be tempted to check social media or procrastinate in any other way.
It’s something that I’ve found really helpful, something that works really well for me.
Think of what you need to make your environment something that you can easily work in, and make sure you schedule in an important time so that you can write.
Once you’ve planned out how much time you’re reasonably able to give to your project, then you can really start thinking about what you want to write about.