Successful Writing III

Dame in the Life

It’s here! Successful Writing III. We all write because we love it. It just so happens that some of us are better at it than others… Naturally. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things we can do to become better at the craft. It’s been years now since I’ve been writing and of course you pick up different tip and tricks along the way to make the most out of your talent. Regardless if you write for yourself or to publish, here are some ideas on how to make the processes of writing amazing.

Daily Word Count:
In another blog, Writing for Success, I suggested to make time to write. It is up to you how you’re going to incorporate writing into your every day. But we need to take this concept further. In the beginning, to get in the habit, make your writing about the word count. Even if you’re just writing to write, when you have a goal in mind, it helps get you use to putting that many words on the page and keeping your butt in the seat. Before you know it, the content with match the time and you will be able to accomplish a lot.  

Always write your ideas:
I will be driving in the car, or sitting writing my blog and I will get an idea for a story or maybe just one interesting line will come to mind. You need to make it a point to write these down. You never know when you will need to use it or want to use it. Writers block happens to the best of us, but if you have the bag (or book) of goodies and ideas, then you will always have a place to pull inspiration from. I personally use Evernote to keep all my ideas in one easy to find place. Wherever you write them down, just make sure to write them.

Develop your Character or your Voice:
I can’t stress the importance of doing an outline enough. If I hadn’t mentioned it twice already, I would have mentioned it again. Having a well-constructed outline is just that important. But to take the idea one step further, developing your story line is equally as important. Whether it is character development or researching additional material for your non-fictional story, this step help you put meat on the bones of your story. It is one thing to have outlines, but they need to be filled in with good content.

Share your work:
Don’t worry, they aren’t going to steal it. However, they will be able to give you feedback before you spend more time on developing an idea that may not go anywhere. But this can be tricky. People love to be critics, but that doesn’t mean you should listen to them. If you find they are the same concerns across the board, that might be something to look at. However, if it’s simply one person telling you your opening line sucked, that just may be their opinion.

Exercise:

Yes, that’s right. How is that going to help me write, you may ask? Well let me tell you. We sit in front of a computer all day and all night. I’m sure we have all gone hours on end without moving because we were so into writing our story. As awesome as our stories can turn out, sitting all day to complete them isn’t healthy for our bodies or our minds. If you are on a roll then yes, stay and finished. But make sure to work in exercise and stretching throughout your day to keep your body healthly. Set a timer and stand up for at least two minutes at the top of every hour. Not only will this help your body, but it will help your mind reset and get all your thoughts on the page.


Written By: 
Megan Nikole
Just a Dame in the life

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