Procrastination and writers’ block are the enemies of success. If you want to increase productivity and write more every day, the following tips about increasing speed, organization, and inspiration will help.
1 – Learn to Type More Quickly or Use Dictation
If you want to get more words down every day, increasing mechanical output makes sense. If you type 80 words per minute instead of 20 words per minute, you will write more in a day. If you want to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and speed things up, even more, consider dictation or speech-to-text software. A simple version comes with Windows, but many people opt for professional Dragon Naturally Speaking to help.
2 – Plan What You Will Write in Advance
Whether you make an official outline, simply write a summary, or take notes, the more preparation you have in place before you sit down to write, the faster you will go. Planning equals increased output. Not only will you get your first draft down more quickly, but you will have less editing to do in the end.
3 – Schedule Writing Time
One of the best ways to write more every day is to carve out a block of time just for yourself and your writing endeavours. This prevents interruptions, distractions, and similar problems that take you out of the writing flow and make everything slow down. If you stick to a particular time every day, your brain will begin to see it as a habit and automatically shift into creation mode.
4 – Stop Believing in Writers’ Block
If you find yourself staring at a blank page because you are afraid that what you write will not be good enough or you worry that your idea is boring or uninspired, you have to shift your mindset from acceptance of these writers’ blocks to belief that you can write something no matter what. The next time you feel stuck, ask yourself if you could get a paragraph down if someone offered you $1 million to do so. I bet you will say, “Yes!”
Practice de-stressing habits like taking a walk, meditating, or anything else that works for you. Always tell yourself that you are allowed to write things that are not very good. Accomplished author Jodi Picoult once said, “You can’t edit a blank page.” If you get in the habit of getting anything down, you will make progress and undoubtedly find that you get better at avoiding blocks as time goes by.