Good morning! Some days, do you just wish that there were more hours in the day to accomplish everything on that enormous to-do list? At times, I wish the days could be longer. That’s why I enjoy the summer, longer days = “more time” to accomplish goals.
Last week, I changed my blogging schedule and while we are in the first week of this new format, that also might mean that blogs are shorter. I’m okay with that, because I know that taking the time to read everyone’s blogs takes time.
Currently, I have been writing for the past three hours. I actually had already written some this morning, and there will be more done this afternoon. I wanted to write an advice piece for everyone, no matter where you were in your writing stage. Here are four fundamental advice tips I have for new and returning writers:
1. Google Calendar is my friend
I didn’t start utilizing Google Calendar until earlier this year. For the longest time, I was using the calendar on my iPhone. Honestly, I just wasn’t ready at the time to start digitizing my calendar and writings until this year. Google Calendar is great, because I can use it on non-Apple products (the only Apple product I have is my phone). I also use Google Documents and Google Drive. All these Google services keep me organized in the writing world.
And I schedule everything: Work, workouts, sports events, meetings, etc. For example, on Wednesday evenings I like to listen to a Wrestling Podcast. By 11 P.M. that same evening, I like to have my scheduled weekly bubble bath.
Because I participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), my Google Calendar is also synced up with the NaNo calendar. Whenever there is an event coming up, it shows up in my calendar. This is helpful for me. Yes it also works for the Apple calendar (but to me), the Google Calendar runs more smoothly and is easier to operate.
If you still aren’t into using too much technology, you could still have a physical planner (bonus points if you have a bullet journal). I also use a physical planner, and I always like to make sure both calendars are in sync. I’ve been told it’s a waste of time to check that both are in sync, but I’m not ready to give up having a physical planner yet.
2. Morning Pages
Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, uses this in her book. If you haven’t checked this out yet, I highly suggest it. I plan on doing a blog about this in the future when I finish the twelve week course. For those who don’t know what this book is about, its a twelve week course that helps you grow or re-grow your creativity.
For me, I write about what’s been troubling me the most; sometimes, I find solutions to problems in life. This leaves room for me to focus on my creative writing later in the day. It also makes it to where whatever issues I am having in my personal live will not leak into my writing.
3. Have Fun
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and be in the same cycle: fitness time, work, writing; repeat. Sometimes, I change up when I write. For example, I was working on a writing project yesterday around 8 P.M. -11 P.M. I typically work on it from 5 P.M. – 7 P.M. I didn’t get to work on it earlier, because I had an actual fun day running errands, going to my favorite tea shop, etc.
You have to make sure you have some fun events or social outings planned to give your creative self a break.
4. Give your artist a break, every once in a while
This goes with number three. This is my hot take: getting into a writer’s block is okay sometimes. For me, that means I’ve been spent all my creative energy and I just need to go do other things for the moment. Give it three weeks to a month (which are extreme examples, for me) and then I’ll be back, writing.
I like to make sure that at least one day a week I don’t work on my novel. I have one or two other writing projects going on, and I have the same rule for them as well. BUT I make sure that those “off days” aren’t on the same day.
And if you ever don’t feel like writing just write. Just do it.
Thank you for reading. What’s some of the best advice you’ve heard for writing? Let me know in the comments or on social media!
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