Productivity Tools & Ideas For Writers

This is probably going to be the hardest advice to follow out of everything I’ve said! But I understand what it’s like to beat yourself up when you’re not getting any words written. I did it for a few days and it got me nowhere.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Sometimes there’s nothing more intimidating than the blank page staring back at you, and when you’ve got nothing written all day: you just don’t feel deservng of any time off. The less obvious and slightly uncomfortable truth about this situation however, is that you do also need quality down time for productivity.
Yes of course you need quality time to be fully switched on and in focus. But you also need some time to be fully switched off and concentrating one hundred percent NOT on your writing.

Some days you might have to admit defeat and vow to make it up in the following days. Sometimes a day off is what you need to clear your mental block.

Think About Your Goals
Honestly I recommend that you always think about your goals as you are writing. When I imagined accomplishing my challenge of 50,000 words in 30 days I imagined how happy and proud I would be when I finished. That helped to keep me going– that and the fact I had told a lot of people I was doing the challenge to keep me accountable!

Some days I let myself get a bit negative. Instead of thinking ‘I’m over half way through’ I ‘d start thinking ‘Argh, I’ve got almost half still left to write’. We’ll all have moments like that, but try to put a positive spin when you find your mind wandering into dark places!

Find Your Natural Rhythm
Quickly into my challenge I realized I did a lot better when I wrote in the mornings. Why? Because by lunch I could forget about the annoying task of completing my challenge and just get on with whatever else needed doing. Find a time that works for you and stick to it.

Reward Yourself
Also, I recommend rewarding yourself when you meet certain goals. You could have a nice snack, a special lunch, go out somewhere, Tweet for a while … whatever, just something that makes the pain worthwhile!

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How to Ignore Your Inner Editor
Since I based this challenge on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) one of the main goals is simply to get the words written without making sure they’re perfect.

In an ideal world we ‘d be writing perfect first drafts. But we know that isn’t going to happen, and if we try to make it happen it could put us off even starting in the first place!

This is why you need to learn to ignore the inner editor. This is the voice in your head that criticizes everything you write, that tells you to go back and change things, and that keeps you procrastinating and stops you moving forward!

This is NOT to say that this is going to be the polished version of your eBook ready to sell. But many people find that getting the words out in the first place is one of the hardest steps. Once your writing challenge is over, you can take time to edit your eBook and get it just right before it goes on sale / before you give it away.

How to Stop the Inner Editor from Holding You Back
There are no magic words I can say to get you to completely ignore that voice inside you. All I can say is that it takes practice. Just write. That’s all you need to do (after a little planning). Write and don’t look back.

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Free Writing
If you’re having a really hard time and really want to get into this writing thing then I do have a little tip. It’s called ‘writing meditation’ which is something I used to do everyday, and I really noticed just how productive it made me. I’m sure there are many other names for the technique, but it basically means free writing.

All you need to do is get a pen and paper (this probably allows you to be a little more free than typing on the computer) and simply write. Write whatever comes into your mind. That might be something about what you’re going to cook for dinner, or what you need to do that day. You might write about things on your mind– and, if you can’t think of anything to write about, you should just write that!

After fifteen minutes you’ll have a few pages of writing. This is about any topic and won’t necessarily be a work of art, but you’ll probably feel better for it. This is a great technique for learning how to get the inner editor out of your mind and just get on with the writing!

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Learn to Control That Voice
Always remember that ‘the little voice’ is actually you! This means you do have control over it, and you can teach it to shut up!

Embrace the Nature of the Challenge
You should also learn to embrace the nature of the challenge. Instead of looking at it negatively, thinking that if you ignore your inner editor you’ll write garbage, think of it on the flip side: ignoring your inner editor makes it so much easier to write, because that’s your only job– to write! You don’t need to over-think, which will probably save you hours of procrastination.

Stop Checking Your Word Count
The best way to ignore your inner critic is simply to get in the ‘flow’ of writing, which means to stay in that flow for as long as possible. Don’t distract yourself too often by checking your word count. Yes, your challenge might be based on reaching a certain word count each day. But checking too often really does disrupt the flow of things. Often you’ll find that you exceed your word count this way!

In Conclusion
Even if you have a lot of greatly imaginative and creative ideas about what to write your stories about, it’s not neccessarily always so easy to get the words on the page in an organised and consistent way.
Writing your book requires not only yur creativity and imagination but also requires you to employ your skills at time management and overall project organization. Hopefully these simple tips will hepl with some degree of self discipline and move you a little further away from perfectionist tendencies and a little closer to just ‘getting the job done’ !

How To write Your book ~ Ideas for Writing and just getting It done!

I’ve been writing on the web for a while now; writing for other people, that is. I didn’t really consider writing my own book back then.
Until some time ago, when I finally decided that it was about time I started writing for myself, but procrastination always got in the way. There were usually more important things to do, especially  completing ghostwriting work for others. Even though I knew my eBook writing efforts would probably pay off further down the line, I never got around to taking action. Eventually I’d had enough and said “That’s it -I AM going to write a book!” :-)

So if, like me,  you’ve thought about why you’re writing an eBook, what you want to write it about, and the general order of topics, it’s time to actually write the thing! So with that in mind,  here are my top tips and tricks on writing a story to get you through the challenge of filling those blank pages with creative and stimulating words…

The best beginners advice I can give you at this stage is ‘just write‘! This means not to let distractions get in your way, and to ignore the critical voice in your head that’s telling you to go back and make changes. Background research, plot analysis and character development are all important, but one of the ultimate best tips for Authors is to gain control of your focus – your attention.

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In fact, the next post I will share my advice with you on how to ignore this ‘inner editor’ in more detail and just focus on getting the job done.
There were a few other methods I learned when I was writing my first 50,000 words in 30 days:
Now I’m happy to say that those days are behind me, and I’m ready to share my top tips and ideas for writing a novel which I hop you might find helpful for your own writing projects.

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You Don’t Need to Write in Order
This is a very important tip, one that helped me so much you won’t believe. You honestly don’t have to write anything in the order you ultimately want it to be laid out in. I kept skipping between chapters– in fact some days I might even write different parts of completely separate eBooks!

There’s probably an argument to sticking to one topic, as it helps your mind to stay better focused on what you’re writing. But skipping to different areas is great for this kind of challenge because, lets face it, you’re not always going to feel like writing about certain things!

On my slow days I would skip to sections of my eBooks that I thought would be easier for me, which means they were either more enjoyable or I knew more about them and didn’t have to research so much. This helped to keep me on track to meet my word count goals.

Set A Timer
Something that really helps me, whether I’m in the middle of an eBook challenge or not, is to set a timer. This means literally setting an alarm to go off in 15 minutes time, 30 minutes, an hour … whatever, and just write until then. It’s a great way to focus.

I use a piece of writers’ software called The Action Machine for this, but you can literally use a cooking timer or an alarm if you want.

Try To Write More Than You Need To
When you set yourself a daily target, for example 2,500 words a day, it’s not usually going to be the case that you write exactly 2,500 words every day. It depends on your momentum and flow, and where the text should naturally end.

I found I did a lot better in the first half of my challenge because, during this time, I tended to go just over my word count everyday. So, instead of writing 2,500 words, I ‘d end up writing 2,600 or even 3,000 some days. This gives you a great feeling of accomplishment, making you feel as if you did even better than you needed to!

Use That Extra to Make Up for the Slow Days
The great thing about writing extra is that it gives you some leeway to have slow days. And there are bound to be long, slow, difficult days. I would always recommend you don’t expect to have this crutch– rather see your extra words as a bonus and don’t rely on them (otherwise you might not push yourself enough to get the writing done).

Take Days Off
I said this briefly before, but I will say it again. You’re going to need days off. In theory we can all plan to work on a task each and every day for a month, but in reality we’re going to find ourselves resenting that task.

In fact, you’ll probably even find yourself resenting a task that you need to do for only 5 days out of 7! But that’s ok, that’s what challenges are all about;).

Of course, this will differ from person to person. For example, if you’ve set a 7 day challenge then you probably will want to write everyday. But if not, then taking e.g. the weekends off is a good idea.

I did actually manage to force myself to take every weekend off except for one as part of my challenge. The only reason I couldn’t take the last weekend off was because I had taken a day off in the week where I just couldn’t concentrate.

O.K. That’s about it for now. I hope you have found some helpful advice here, whether you are creating a fantasy novel, a detective drama, an academic paper, romantic or historical fiction : all the same general advice applies…Check out my next blog post when I’ll be sharing some more of my success tips for writing books and publishing online.