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Ten Tips To Boost Writing Production In 2018

Written by Didi Oviatt

Ten Tips To Boost Writing Production In 2018

Use these ten helpful tips to boost your writing production in 2018.

  1. Meditate before writing.

Meditation is a proven way to de-stress and clear the mind of clutter, as well as improve overall health and well-being. Depending on the amount of time we have daily to allot ourselves for this task, can determine how deep of a meditation we are able to achieve before a writing session. Be it ten minutes or an hour, it can be said that meditating before sitting down to your document of choice can boost writing production immensely. It does so by way of concentration and mental clarity while writing.

 

  1. Set time aside daily as routine.

Planning and sticking with a daily writing routine is huge. Some say early in the morning is best, as the day’s distractions and stressors are yet to take place. Others will argue that before bed is best, as writing is an excellent way to wind down. You may be more capable of putting all of your creative ideas from the day down on paper where they belong. Ultimately, it boils down to picking a time that is best for you as an individual. No matter what time of day you choose to set a routine, studies show that consistency in time usage keeps the mind focused on the project at hand. Set a time in stone that is dedicated solely to writing. This will also assure the necessary amount of time needed is, in fact, taken. Routine helps improve focus.   

 

  1. Read at least a few paragraphs of someone else’s work before diving into your own.

It can be said that a writer will only read their own words in a way they’ve intended them, rather than how they’re actually written and/or perceived by others. To pull your creative energy to a productive place, it can be helpful to start each writing session from a reader’s perspective and mindset rather than just a writers. See things from every angle, by constantly seeking inspirational tone and example through other writers.

 

  1. Keep a notebook for random ideas.

Anyone who has ever developed a love for written words can attest to the fact that inspiration doesn’t always strike while sitting before a computer. It’s good practice to keep a notebook on hand. It can be small enough to fit in a pocket, purse, etc. Keep a blank page within reach at all times, for jotting down those tiny passing inspirations that float in and out of our overactive writer’s minds.

 

  1. Keep a clean writing station.

Clutter in a writing space can be a great distraction, especially when we’re running low on creative thoughts as it is. Reducing clutter can reduce distractions from writing and in turn help us to focus on the task at hand. It’s as simple as that. Keep a cleanly writing space, and production may increase immensely. You may surprise yourself.

 

  1. Talk to encouraging friends and family often.

It can be argued that there are little things that affect our need and want to write more and more based on the encouragement and enthusiasm of our readers. Surrounding ourselves with people who are exciting about our projects may give us that extra push to work consistently. Writing production can be boosted to the maximum by those who read, talk about reading… in turn, pushing the writer to create more for them to read.

 

  1. Practice by way of poetry and short stories.

There’s a saying by an unknown writer floating around out there that says something to the effect of – poetry and short stories to a writer, is like weight lifting to a gymnast. Practice makes perfect in any field. Sometimes poetry and short stories can pull the mind away from a big project just long enough to practice penned skills, along with clearing the mind for a new creative approach to the larger project. And besides, who doesn’t love a great poem and/or short story?  

 

  1. Take breaks before edits.

When you hear the word ‘break’ it may seem a bit counterproductive at first blush, but in reality, it may be just what a writer needs to boost long-term production. Find other projects to work on while distancing yourself from the work that needs editing. This will help you to keep your writing routine, yet you’ll allow the mind and emotions distance for just long enough to have a clear ‘editing mindset’ while working on fixes and revisions upon return. A writer should never be too attached or too freshly in-tune with the words written when doing edits. Mistakes are much easier passed over this way. In the long run, a lack of distance before editing will actually reduce production as it will take longer to make the necessary edits to a project. We can’t have a boost in successful production without accuracy, right?

 

  1. Set weekly and monthly short-term goals.

It’s a well-known fact that long-term goals are easily attained when short-term goals are put in placed and achieved along the way. The trick is sticking with it consistently, and keep the short-term goals in place. You’ll never accomplish what you don’t set out to in the first place.

 

  1. Get enough rest, and eat healthily.

This last tip is a bit of an oxymoron, but in a roundabout way, it’s absolutely key to writing production. You may think, what do sleep and food have anything to do with writing? But, the answer is simple… a healthy mind is clear, and a healthy body is adequate. In order to push the limits in any aspect in life (including writing), it’s important to keep your mind and body healthy by giving yourself the sleep it needs and the proper food it craves to thrive.

About the author

Didi Oviatt

Didi Oviatt is an intuitive soul. She’s a wife and mother first, with one son and one daughter. Her thirst to write was developed at an early age, and she never looked back. After digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she's writing mystery/thrillers like Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians(a trilogy to be). Along with a six- piece short story collection called the Time Wasters. She’s also collaborated with Kim Knight in an ongoing interactive short story anthology The Suspenseful Collection. When Didi doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she can be found enjoying a laid back outdoorsy life. Time spent sleeping under the stars, hiking, fishing, and ATVing the back roads of beautiful mountain trails, and bathing in the desert heat plays an important part of her day to day lifestyle.