“One of the challenges of writing is…writing. Here are some tips that I’ve found most useful for myself, for actually getting words onto the page:
- Write something every work-day, and preferably, every day; don’t wait for inspiration to strike.
- Remember that if you have even just fifteen minutes, you can get something done.
- Don’t binge on writing.
- If you have trouble re-entering a project, stop working in mid-thought — even mid-sentence — so it’s easy to dive back in later.
- Don’t get distracted by how much you are or aren’t getting done.
- Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that creativity descends on you at random.
- Remember that lots of good ideas and great writing come during the revision stage.
- Develop a method of keeping track of thoughts, ideas, articles, or anything that catches your attention.
- Pay attention to your physical comfort.
- Try to eliminate interruptions — by other people, email, your phone, or poking around the Internet — but don’t tell yourself that you can only work with complete peace and quiet.
- Over his writing desk, Franz Kafka had one word: “Wait.” My brilliantly creative friend Tad Low, however, keeps a different word on his desk: “Now.” Both pieces of advice are good.
- If you’re stuck, try going for a walk and reading a really good book.
- At least in my experience, the most important tip for getting writing done? Have something to say!”
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