One of the most difficult things to do as a writer, is to actually write. Some days are easy, and other days it feels like nothing will ever come. I’ve discussed my own experience with writer’s block here. Still, lately, I’ve had absolutely no trouble writing, and I think it comes down to several things.
#1. Writing Every Day:
This point has been said to death, discussed forever, and endlessly dissected. I find that with most things, I need to hear it said in several different ways, until suddenly one of those perspectives resonates with me, and I will respond to that advice. For me, the best advice about writing every day came from Dan Poynter, who said:
That was it for me. I am a writer, and that means I need to write every day. Even when it’s hard, and frustrating, I have to get out of my head and put my ideas down in writing. A lot of people sit around with great ideas in their head, but for me to actually feel legitimate in calling myself a writer, I need to DO; not just think, and talk, or even write about doing. And so I have started writing every day. I thought it would be difficult, and that I would only manage a paragraph at best, but to my surprise I started getting around 1000 words out every day!
#2. The constraints of time:
As many of you know, I teach music from my voice studio. At the end of the summer, I decided to get another part time job. Unfortunately, my part-time job, is actually 32 hours a week, so it’s not actually very part time. So I work 10:00 – 5:00 and then I come home and teach until 9:00. On the weekends, I write for the Calgary Children’s Choir blog, which means that I don’t have a whole lot of extra time for my own writing. I know that a busy schedule is something that so many writers have to deal with. Strangely, my hectic schedule has actually been VERY beneficial to my productivity! This interesting article details exactly why constraints on our time can make us even more creative!
#3. New environments:
My new job has been beneficial in other ways too. Every day I see new people, I have new tasks; my environment is constantly changing. This has actually been quite helpful to my creativity and has provided me a lot of inspiration. Finding new ideas has not been difficult, and I have been pleasantly surprised to find that good ideas beget good ideas! I have found that some of my best ideas do not just magically pop into my head, they come from writing out one good idea, and expanding on it. Good ideas then, are not little blips on a radar that occur infrequently, and unexpectedly. Instead, they flow, from one to the other.
How do you stay productive and creative? Tell me in the comments below!
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