So, You Want To Be A Writer: Tips, Tricks & Ideas Vol #2

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.

I’m a self-published writer, and while I’ve managed to publish more than few articlesfor varying magazines and newspapers, I only have an English degree, not a writing one.

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:

  1. How frequently you want to post
  2. What you specifically want to write about
  3. 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.

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7 thoughts on “So, You Want To Be A Writer: Tips, Tricks & Ideas Vol #2

    • thingscarlaloves says:

      Oooh that sounds sooo good! I also love the schedule feature – it’s the only way I can get anything done!!!

      Are you currently working on anything specific?

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      • Laura Beth says:

        Agreed. The schedule feature keeps me sane, and it also helps me with deadlines.

        I’m currently, desperately, finishing the first draft of my WIP that I started in 2012. It was my first-ever NaNoWriMo. I’ve having trouble ending the story, but I’ve recently had some glimmers of inspiration, and I want to finish the draft by the end of February. It’s a YA / NA contemporary about teenagers and a mysterious, borderline scary summer camp in Maine.

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      • thingscarlaloves says:

        Ooooh that sounds incredibly exciting!! You could try dot pointing different endings, see how you like it?? It’s what I do/have done. In my third novel that I’m working on, it’s how I decided how I wanted to end it (I plan everything out first). But I would love to read your story when it’s finished!! It sounds right up my alley!

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