My Writing Mantra: Each day I create brand new stories or expand on existing writing projects.
I keep the creative juices gurgling and flowing so they don’t dry up.
Every day I generate opportunities in my writing career by taking calculated risks and build on successes.
Creative writing isn’t a chance event but an integral part of my daily routine.
How do you create the most productive writing schedule possible? … What are the secret writing habits of prolific writers?
I sought out Stephen King’s pearls of wisdom from his book ‘On Writing.’
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot … Write every day, even on Christmas Day … If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” … Stephen King
What are my Top #10 Secrets of Productive Writing?
• exercise every morning as a ‘kicker’. Percolate writing ideas as you move fast
• scribble down your inspirations quickly. Pen write.
• write every day at the same time. Allocate writing time in your busy schedule
• shape your brain waves. Train your brain to a writing routine.
• generate energy from creative morning writing, for the rest of the day
• complete the business side of writing in the afternoon … speeches, workshops, critiques, emails, query letters, book proposals.
• schedule writing activities in your diary. Prioritize the order of urgency. Tick off boxes as you go.
• read every day. Reading stimulates and restores the creative process.
• meditate to stimulate creativity
• constantly reflect/ re-examine your goals … What do you really want to achieve that day? … that week? … that month?
Self- Reflection Time
This week I’m nearing an end of an amazing cycle of submissions and brilliant opportunities. I need to reflect on the outcomes so I can instigate a fresh pro-active cycle.
How do I Re-assess and Rewrite my Writing Goals?
… I ask myself these gutsy questions.
- What have I achieved in the past weeks and months? As writers we often forget to congratulate ourselves … Don’t forget chocolate, massage, movie and book self-rewards.
- What have I learned from the outcomes? … What are my strengths and my weaknesses?
- How can I go forward? … How can I do things better?
- What do I need to learn? … How can I research? … Who can I ask for assistance?
New possibilities and new in-roads are brewing up in my head.
Hoping to share my new ventures with you soon.
** What’s your Writing Mantra?
** What helps you to Kick-start your writing?