[guest post by Laura Buckler]
Sure, everyone can write, but the difference lies in the quality of what’s written. There is a line that separates and defines writing as merely the act of composing text, and as a styled, quality content. Know that writers don’t have it easy at all.
There is both a science and art to writing to make sure you produce content that your audience will take time to read. Science, because it requires a structure of words that follow format, rules, and guidelines, and at times, demanding research; and art because it thrives on creativity. If you manage to put combine both in a substantial, engaging manner, you’ll find yourself rewarded with a well-written work. Which can give you more value, especially now that written content makes for good business through content marketing.
Now that we’ve agreed that writing entails effort, such hard work can be mentally tiring at times. All writers must have gone through a phase when they think they’d literally vomit from too much spewing of words, and may likely feel unmotivated, uninspired to even put two words together.
In times like those, written outputs tend to be lackluster, dwindling in number and quality points.
From a fellow writer to another, take time to read seven things I learned in battling unproductivity.
Do you notice that most of the time, people are more productive when they are beating a deadline? Well, Nolan Bushnell, inventor of Pong and founder of Atari, has this to say: “The ultimate inspiration is a deadline.”
Need to submit a college paper by 3 PM? Every minute and second is like a step towards the end of the track, and well, you’ve got to rush getting your paper done on time. Once you do, you think you’re a marathon runner who bested hundred others. Perhaps it is the reference or symbolism of a finish line that makes deadlines effective motivators.
Turn off the wifi
Yes, you read that right. Look, the Internet is a wonderful thing because it made information accessible, bridged connections despite distance and space, and provided entertainment via memes and viral videos. But it’s distracting.
Don’t. Even. Deny. It.
You probably have lied to yourself so many times about checking your Facebook for five minutes top, only to realize three hours later that scrolling down your Newsfeed has no end. There goes three hours of your day that you could have spent on meeting your writing task’s deadline.
Seriously though, discipline yourself to focus on writing, and it would help a lot if you work offline.
Go on scheduled writing sessions
You need to make time for your writing. Regardless of how you’re feeling that day, or what your schedule looks like, you’ve got to allot time to pick up a pen or open Google docs and write.
If you need to specify how long a writing session is, do so and keep it at that. Also, don’t cheat yourself minutes of your writing session obsessing about the perfect word to use or formatting your text. Take your writing sessions seriously. Treat it like a working session to train your brain that inspiration is not a requisite to producing text, although it helps.
Consistent writing sessions do not only serve to force you to make a routine out of writing, but would eventually impact on the quality of your writing skill as well.
Save the editing for later
Once you are in the writing zone, don’t pause, take a break or stop for the unnecessary. Write and compose without considering yet grammar, spelling, coherence, or style. Worry about it and work on it later. Just get your creative thinking rolling first, and the rest can be bothered afterwards.
Yes, I’m referring to your writing spot and your actual writing.
Make sure your nook is conducive to writing. No noises, no clutter, no distractions. It helps in having a clear thought process because there’s no annoying disturbance to sidetrack you from getting your writing done.
Just as you need to be organized in your working space, have a clear outline of your topic to keep you focused. Writing sensibly is a far cry from rambling on paper. Think like you’re part of a coursework writing service, and guide your writing by using sections and breaking things further in subsections.
Like deadlines, goals are good motivators. Once you’ve got your eyes on a goal, you become more driven to accomplish it.
Say, you decide to challenge yourself to write a minimum of 300 words a day for a month. Then you gradually increase your target word count monthly. You set a quantifiable standard that you can use to measure your productivity, and eventually increase it.
As for progress, spreadsheets are a good way to keep track of it. You can input your actual word count per every writing session, and compare it with your target. You can also see how consistent you’ve been with your goal and frequency of writing sessions.
And just like that, we’ve rounded up the seven things I learned during the times I struggled with my writing productivity. Tell me about your insights and experiences soon.
**About the Author: Laura Buckler is a freelance writer always trying to take an in-depth, hands-on approach in writing her articles. As a former social media marketer, she has vast experience in social media, digital marketing and content writing. You can follow her on twitter.