As writers, we do what works for us. This means that all of our routines are probably pretty different. No matter how you write though, there are some ways to boost your routine. Boosting your writing routine can help you be more productive, raise that wordcount, gain confidence as a writer and more!
While different techniques work for different writers, there are some generalized ways to boost your writing routine. Most of them are free, easy and can be adapted to fit your particular style. As writers, we need to stick to the words – to the story. Get back to that by boosting your writing routine in these 5 ways:
1. Explore Different Brainstorming Techniques
Coming up with new, different ideas is part of being a writer. There are many different ways to brainstorm new ideas. Sometimes, we have to switch up the methods we use to brainstorm. This can bring us a ton of new ideas and really get those creative juices flowing.
Want to try some new brainstorming techniques? Check these out:
2. Change up Your Writing Space or Write somewhere Different
Okay, so this won’t work for all writers. A lot of us do love our routines and stepping outside of the norm can throw you off big time. However, in those times when you find yourself really, really stuck – a change of scenery could be exactly what you need.
When weather permits, writing outside has been a great way, (in the past), to boost my writing routine. I had a period of writer’s block that seemed to be endless. I wrote on my patio and boom – the words started flowing again.
Also, adding new elements to your writing space is another great way to boost your routine. Throw some new art on the walls, add a new picture to your desk, bring some plants into the room, diffuse some oils! The options are literally limitless. Add some magic to your writing space!
3. Plan Your Day
This is probably the best tip there is when it comes to boosting your writing routine. Planning out your day will make you way more productive. Add writing times, editing times, brainstorming times, self-care times, break times and so on.
You’ll get a lot more done.
It can be hard when you’re pretty much setting your own schedule without the help of a supervisor. You have to be your own. Plan your day accordingly. And, of course, always, always have deadlines!
4. Get Active in Writing Communities
Writers tend to be solitary creatures. We write alone, read alone and spend our days in front of a computer. Let’s face it, it can get lonely. You’re not alone and sometimes you need a bit of encouragement or advice. Explore writing communities.
There are many writing groups on Facebook, and then there’s the very supportive #writingcommunity on Twitter. (You can add me on Twitter here.)
Run a quick search and join a writing community that works for you.
5. Take Breaks When Needed
I’ve had days where I’ve written from early morning to very late at night and that’s perfectly fine. The more we write, the more our craft improves. However, the burnout can be real. Make sure you’re taking breaks when you need to.
Get some fresh air. READ! Exercise. Hell, have yourself a nap.
No matter what your break consists of, you probably need to take more than you are. If the words are flowing – don’t stop. BUT, if you find yourself sitting there, backspacing and second-guessing yourself constantly, it’s time to put the metaphorical, (or physical), pen down.
Give yourself breaks. You deserve it.