The same way that an athlete needs to prepare thoroughly before the Olympics, the same as a writer you must follow a workout routine to improve your technique. Establishing a writing routine is not always an easy thing to do, especially for the debut authors that have decided to embark on a new journey. But no need to stress out, it’s not that difficult as it can seem at first.
Here are some tips that might help you to set up a writing discipline and lead you towards prolific writing:
- Write Every Day. There is no better way to improve your writing skills than being consistent. Set up a word per day limit between 300 and 500 words and stick to it.
- Create a Routine. Following certain customs and having a certain work habits will help you commit and be productive. If you have a busy schedule and writing every day seems impossible, pick out 3 days per week that you can dedicate at least 30 minutes.
- Create an Outline of Your Plot. It will help you to get your book structured.
- Avoid Stereotyping Your Characters. Make sure that each character has a story behind him or her. Also, it’s important to leave some room for characters’ changes or growth.
- Check the Facts. What you write does not have to be true BUT you need to do some research to make sure the story fits the time, epoch you are writing about. Make sure you get your facts right!
- Don’t Forget to Read. Reading fuels your talent as a writer, thus it should be part of your daily routine. Reading helps you to understand different writing styles, gives you knowledge and new ideas.
- Make Notes. A writer should always have a notebook because ideas tend to occur at the weirdest times of the day. As we are living in the digital world most of the time the good old notebook has been substituted by a Smartphone, laptop and other digital devices. But it doesnâ€™t matter what it is as long you can write or type on it.
- Save the Drafts. While writing, slowly you will define your writing style and sometimes stories or parts of your book donâ€™t seem that appealing anymore.Â Even if you decide to rewrite it, try to preserve the older copies as you never know what they could be good for.
- Edit Your Manuscript. Once your book is finished, we recommend you read it over and over again. You’d be surprised how much editing needs to be done.
- When you think the book is just about ready to be published, share it with other writers and readers. An external point of view will help you see your work from another perspective and identify some aspects that could have been ignored.
Set up your writing routine and start your writer’s journey!