Writing is not a sprint, except for when it is, and as our publishing world (particularly for those of us who are Indies) moves faster and faster, it may seem like there is less time to really hone your writing skills. Still, quality writing is the hallmark of excellent authors, so here are three tips to help you prioritize growth in writing:
As I mentioned in this post, only writing in the time that I had designated as ‘writing time’ had a limiting effect on my writing. Since discovering these limitations, I have taken some steps to ensure that I’m making the most of my writing time and energy. This has led me to the discovery of ‘in-between’, and I’ve found it particularly helpful in accomplishing my writing goals:
The middle is the absolute worst place to be; in writing, in creating, in editing. But it is also the best place to be. This is truly the way to tell if you love what you do. If in the centre, in the in-between, you still love what you do – then you know you truly are meant to be doing it.
The feeling of twisting angst, and resistance that you feel while in the midst of creating can be a difficult feeling to overcome. Here are three ways to deal with the extreme discomfort of the middle:
Writers are an intriguing sort of person. To an outsider, we look solitary; creatures of quiet contemplation. But we know, when we’re writing, that we are surrounded, and filled with the voices and lived stories of a myriad of people – our characters. Still, to be so wholly absorbed in an activity, especially one that exists outside of reality, means that writers need to spend some time practicing self care.
Creativity is a necessary element in writing, and, much like any skill, it can be cultivated, to provide you with a bountiful crop of imaginative ideas. Here are 5 tips to help you cultivate creativity: