It takes a while to realise that – once out of practice with writing regularly it’s important to do just that –
(1) Write every day – whether a blog post, an entry in Facebook or another social media platform or an article for my first ever newsletter. Like almost anything, skill is acquired in the doing. So I write each day. Short or long. In the long term at least 1000 words a day is a great goal and towards which I am working on my current novel.
(2) Read – read a book, an article, a newsletter, a piece of research, something from your stash of ‘when I get around to it’ every single day. Each time I read I seem to work overtime in my head and have the alert button pressed on for any tips, hints, ideas or inspiration that might be useful in any one of my writing platforms. Usually the sort of material I am reading may well feed the same ie a novel may inspire ideas for my own novel, but not always. I often find, for example that in reading an article I glean and idea for my story; or when reading another person’s blog I find I acquire ideas for my own. In fact – cross feeding happens a lot – it’s the nature of the reading-writing twin.
(3) Attend a course or two. Find a freebie if money’s an issue. Or sometimes wait till the last minute and be lucky enough to find a half price offering. Attend and pay attention and network while there! It’s so rewarding to meet other writers, bloggers, social media users and well – people who are willing to be learners.
(4) Put what you learn from the course into practice. I mean, why spend good money and not put it to use. Inspiration for this post is from revising my social media and web platforms based on a branding workshop I’m attending. The title with a number in it came from a comment by the presenter about one of her most successful posts. Thanks Natasha!
(5) Avoid distractions. ARGH! I heard you say! Easier said than done, I know, however, it is something I struggled with every time I sought to write – until I decided it mattered enough – as simple as that really. It’s only what I put in the way of writing that stops it happening. So I set aside an hour or two and go for it. Coffee on hand, silence around me, and I simply write.