"I'm not a writer."
"I don't have time to write."
"What do I have to write about?"
"I have writer's block."
These are only some of the things we hear on a regular basis. In this post, we will outline a few tips on what writers can do to help get started or help finish their first draft. This could be the motivation and encouragement they need to approach a publishers, look into self-publishing and take that first step in getting their book out there to the world.
Find your routine.
If you establish a routine for your writing, this will help. Choose a time a few times a week or everyday - the same time.
Decide on a space where you feel most creative; this could be a desk, this could be outdoors or even in your local coffee shop. This should be a place in which you are comfortable, that sparks inspiration. Once you are set in this routine, you will train your brain to understand: 'It's time to write', thus triggering inspiration.
Get the right tools for the job.
Create a 'toolbox' for your writing. This could be stationary, notebooks, desks, chairs, laptops (with charger and back-up system) etc. REMEMBER: Back-up your work!
If you find items that you love to use, you'll love sitting down to write! You'll look forward to writing in your own little space, with your favourite pens or notebook. We have a little 'how-to' post on setting up your Writer's Notebook - read here.
Join online groups and forums for writers, connect with like-minded people. Is there a local writers group in your area? Create a network of associates so you can share tips, advice and this will provide a support during your writing journey.
Set yourself a deadline. This will give you something to work towards. For those of you who work well with a deadline and targets - why not join NaNoWriMo?
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1st, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel. Deadline: 11:59pm on November 30th. There is worldwide engagement, a huge following on social media #NaNoWriMo and it encourages writers to sit down and write.
You can sign up for NaNoWriMo here!
Carry a notebook with you everywhere. You never know when inspiration will hit, if it's at the supermarket or at the Dr's or even picking the kids up from school - you need to be ready to make a note!
Do something out of your comfort zone.
Change of scenery - If you are sat at your desk, hoping, praying for the ideas to come and nothing is happening, go for a short walk. Refresh your mind.
Read. Immerse yourself in another Author's world. This will be sure to give you ideas, and motivation.