A person who is adept at different types of writings like articles, blogs, essays, tweets, scripts, press releases, etc. is called a productive or versatile writer. A productive writer never gets bored due to monotonicity and is never out of work. So, if you want to make a career in writing, you should be a productive writer. Here are some tips to become one.
1. Grab Ideas Anytime
There is a proverb that the best ideas hit you while at most inconvenient places such as in the bathroom, while driving, or in the middle of a client meeting. Always keep a notepad or organizer with you to jot down these ideas at the earliest moment that you can. Take care not to attend to other tasks like email notifications or SMS while doing so because your mind will get diverted and you’ll lose your idea.
2. Start With a Concept
Whether you have to do a small piece or a long one, decide on the main idea before you start writing. If possible, create headings and subheadings first and write content accordingly. It especially helps in composing long articles in an organized way. If you have a short deadline, don’t do too much research. Go through just a couple of articles or start writing from your own prior knowledge; read up later to fill in the gaps, where necessary.
3. Update Your Knowledge
You must be a good reader to be a good writer. So try to read latest books, whether online or in print, and the classics. Also remember that any person with lots of knowledge cannot be effective unless he is up to date. So be connected with productive books and good informative blogs to keep you abreast of new developments in your domain.
4. Write Every Day
Like pretty much everything else, writing is a matter of habit. Make a schedule to write every day on a regular basis. If you don’t have a project at hand, write about something you have read. Or start writing that book you always wanted to!! When it comes to writing, it’s better to be the slow and steady tortoise rather than the fast rabbit.
5. Have Your Own Deadlines
Your projects will always have delivery deadlines. Set your own deadline for completion ahead of the delivery deadline. You will find those last couple of hours or minutes, depending on your turn around time, to be the most crucial and productive. For a long project that spreads over a few days or weeks, make daily targets and stick to the deadlines. It will give you the crucial time for final edits before sending the completed project. Your last work at the end of the day should be listing out five important tasks to be achieved the next day. This will keep the flow of your work smooth.
I can write anything on any topic – it is this thought that is the first step towards making you a productive writer. So tell this to yourself today, create a good writing environment and follow the tips given above to get going.
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