Secret Writing Habits of Productive Writers

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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 goalsWhat 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?

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