- Treat writing as a daily activity. Allocate time for it on your calendar the same way you schedule doctor visits. Don't allow other activities to crowd out your writing time.
- Use part of your writing time to learn one new writing lesson per day. A disciplined writer finds a way to be a little better today than yesterday.
- Stay focused during your writing time. It's okay to daydream as long as you are concentrating on character development or working on a plot but it's not alright to be thinking about frivolous activities.
- Learn to start and end your writing sessions on time. This forces your brain to stay on the task at hand. This also gives you balance in your life.
- Stick to your deadlines. Avoid the temptation to stretch things out because this makes you lackadaisical.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Become a Disciplined Writer
I'm learning some great lessons in my new job as supervisor and find connections to my life as a writer. At the top of the list is discipline. If you write only when you feel like writing, you may never publish your work. Here's how you can become a disciplined writer: