You have certainly seen ebbs and flows in your writing production as a writer. Nobody can pry you away from your notebook or computer on some days. You will write so much that your fingers ache, your eyes weary, and your stomach growls—but none of that matters when you are in the “writing state.”
Then there are instances where you spend the entire day searching for inspiration. You will embrace all diversions and then lament the fact that you have accomplished nothing in terms of writing. You will experience tension, disappointment, etc.
Let us glimpse the unusual methods to boost writers' writing productivity while still keeping a good work-life balance. I have personally recommended all the tips listed below.
Techniques for Increasing Writing Productivity
1. Establishing Routines
You do not need to await your muse. They are perpetually late.
As dull and mundane as routine may appear, it benefits you as a writer. Without question, if you commit to writing every day at a specific time, you will increase your productivity. Sometimes you have to convince yourself to write regardless of how you feel.
2. Writing Prompts
I strongly encourage you to use writing prompts to kindle the fires of your imagination.
When used every day, prompts can assist you in developing a writing habit. Additionally, you will no longer be faced with the question, “What am I going to write about?”
Rather than that, you visit a website that includes a selection of writing prompts, pick one, and begin.
With freewriting, you can overcome writer’s block.
Freewriting is the act of writing whatever comes to mind, without pausing to consider how it sounds and without correcting it. It is nothing more than a stream of mind. It enables writers to rediscover their writing voice, which may sometimes become buried behind their expectations of how they should sound.
Freewriting is challenging if you are accustomed to polishing your thoughts. However, it is simpler to write if you can turn off your internal editor. Are you unsure how to accomplish this?
The following are some suggestions:
Commence with a prompt. You will need a jumping-off point, and thankfully, there are plenty of innovative ideas available.
Set a time restriction for yourself. Allow five or ten minutes, but refrain from freewriting for an extended period. It works best when performed in short spurts. For a predetermined time, type or write continuously until the buzzer sounds.
Avoid self-editing. Never pause to consider what you are writing. Allow me to be the first to warn you—it’s going to be terrible, and that is okay. The purpose of freewriting is not to generate a great work of prose; rather, it is to acclimate you to writing when you are not in the mood.
Whether a quiet stroll around the neighborhood or a vigorous session at the gym, physical activity will benefit you as a writer. Numerous notable writers advocate for physical activity as a means to recharge your brain.
Physical activity has been shown to boost cognitive performance. Certain neurons in the brain are stimulated immediately by physical exercise. When these neurons are stimulated, they enhance your capacity for creative thought.
Therefore, if you find yourself stopped and unable to get beyond a particular joint in your text, stand up and do something unrelated to writing: squats or jumping jacks, swimming, hiking, etc.
5. Bucket Writing.
Avoid attempting to write too much at once; you will burn out.
Rather than writing for hours on end, break it up and write for 20 or 30 minutes at a time. After that, take a rest.
Why 20 or 30 minutes?
While this may not seem like a lengthy period of time, it is just enough to keep you focused and incredibly productive. For the majority of us, 20 minutes is the maximum amount of time we can concentrate hard on a subject before our productivity and attention span dwindle. Thus, if you’re white-knuckling your way through two hours of writing each day, you’ll spend most of that time out of breath and burned out.
The good news is that if you set limits and take frequent breaks, you can reclaim your productivity and illusive attention span.
Rather than that, write two hours over three hours. Take a 10-minute rest every 20 minutes.
6. In the morning, write.
Writing in the morning allows for the benefit of a clear head. You are not burdened by daily concerns or contaminated by the various voices you have heard in person, on television, or on the internet. You and your brain are alone, and now is the quietest time for you to listen.
7. Keyboard usage.
Certain authors revel in the tactile feeling provided by the mechanical keyboard. A mechanical keyboard’s clickety-clack sound is addictive and might motivate you to continue writing. It has a nearly hypnotic effect.
8. Communicate, do not write.
While typing is more efficient than writing, it is still slower than speaking. While it may take an hour to compose 1,000 words, speaking your views may take significantly less time.
If you’re using an outline, you can say 1,000 words in far less than 30 minutes. Consider how quickly you can write your story if you first speak it.
You may use voice recognition software regardless of whether you have a Mac or a Windows PC. You may also utilize a dictation app on your phone or a web-based dictation application. Everything is completely free.
Do you have a strange but effective writing habit that we missed? Please leave it in the comments section below.
About the Author
Rhonda Ann Colia is the youngest of four children. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and has grown children, a daughter, and two stepchildren living their own lives. She grew up helping her mom load the spray rig with water and chemical mixes so her mom could spray the crops of grateful farmers. Rhonda continues pursuing her writing career and is looking forward to publishing her first novel of three.
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