Don’t get out of the habit of daily writing. Turn off your inner editor. Don’t reread what you’ve written. Even if you think you’re writing dreck, it’s good dreck.
The premise is to set aside a specific time every day and free write until three pages of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper is filled. No plotting, no stories, just whatever comes into your head and DON’T REREAD.
Writing advice from a dieter’s point of view
Recently, while surfing the internet, I found some tips for maintaining a healthier lifestyle that could easily be applied to a healthier writing life style. It’s great writing advice from a dieter’s point of view:
- You can become whatever you envision. Yeah, that’s right. If you think like a best-selling author, you’ll draw more attention and success than if you believe you’ll always fail.
- Claim your power. You know you have it, or why pursue writing for a career/hobby/something to get away. Empower yourself with your talent and get to work.
- Set your priorities. Write another scene or blog? Send out a query to an agent or an editor? Research your next work or edit your last scene? Without a clear path, you won’t make progress.
- Get pushy with yourself. The book won’t write itself. If you think you’ll only have time for one page today, write two. Set your timer for fifteen minutes, turn off your inner editor, and push through, no stops, no looking up stuff, until the timer goes off. Then write another page.
- Give yourself permission to succeed. Nothing makes me angrier than hearing a fellow writer talk about submitting, then hearing her follow it up with a self depreciating remark. Hey, if you’re going to write, then at least believe you’ll succeed at it. As Yoda said, “There is no try, there is only do.”
- Give yourself permission to be awesome. Yes. You. You tell it to your kids everyday. Why treat yourself to a lesser attitude?
- Become part of a circle. Whether it’s a writing group, a critique group or a good friend who’s not afraid to tell you when your story has strayed, find a foundation of support that will help you grow.
These tips were meant to help lose weight, but if they work to make you a better writer, so much the better.by