This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
People often say to me that they are going to write a book one day when they have time. Writers make time. Turn off the TV. Get up an hour earlier. And whatever time you have, use it well. If you can only find half an hour a day to write, then make the most of it. Clear your head of the idea that you can only write if you have a large block of time available, the latest Apple product and a pretty office. Flexibility is your friend. Keep a notebook and pen handy at all times so you can scribble down ideas. Switch off the internet. Checking Facebook will not get your book written.
2. PUT YOUR WORK ASIDE
Build in time to put your book aside and work on something else. Returning to it with a fresh eye will help you see things you didn’t notice first time round.
3. READ YOUR WORK ALOUD
I strongly recommend this editing technique. It allows you to hear the rhythm of your sentences and check dialogue.4. IDENTIFY WHAT DRAINS CREATIVITY AND CUT IT OUT
Is it reviews? Don’t read them. Is it social media? Check Facebook and Twitter at the end of the day after your words are written and you can’t be distracted by what’s happening in the wider world. Identify anything that interferes with your focus or confidence and cut it out if you can or at least restrict it to a part of the day when you’re not writing.
5. FIND A LIKE-MINDED AUTHOR FRIEND
A great writer friend you can trust is the best asset any writer can have. They understand the ups and downs and can provide you with informed support when you need it, and you can do the same for them. Every writer’s career has peaks and troughs. Having someone who is cheering for you as loudly as you are cheering for them is invaluable.
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