In Day 4, you began time management and building your writing blocks. For our final goal-setting class, you will expand and fine-tune your writing processes.
Tools of the trade
Reading widely is the number one tool for the writer, but when it comes to putting the skills, knowledge, and adventure of your story together, there are many tools that can help the process along.
Of course, you can write with pen and notebook. This time-honored tradition works. There is a mental connection between the mind and the pen moving across the page, but at some point, you’ll need to put that creative work onto a typed page, and more than likely, into a computer document.
I prefer to type while in the creative process because I can type on my laptop nearly as fast as the words and images flow through my brain, but ultimately, the format of the completed work is all that matters.
Microsoft Word is the industry standard so your editor, agent, or critique partners will likely need a Word file to work with, but writers have access to many other options. I personally write in Word as it’s like a blank page without any confusing or unnecessary elements, but there are some worthwhile products to enhance your writing process. I haven’t used all of these but thought you should know what’s available.
Where will you write, as in what format will you add word to page. Consider some of the following:
Because I have a natural tendency to over schedule myself, I build my writing blocks, my day-job schedule, appointments, and everything else into one place. I create repeating tasks, alarms, notifications, and reminders to keep me productive and on time. It also prevents me from missing appointments, which when I’m on deadline is a definite possibility.
No matter if you use the low-tech sticky note or the high tech app, you will need to build time into your week for writing.
Timing is everything
Our most productive work time varies by person, so today, consider the best time of day to write. Conventional wisdom is to write first thing in the morning while you’re still fresh. I guarantee a morning person came up with that plan. Night owls are not more productive in the morning, they’re barely coherent. Choose your time wisely, based on what is best for you.
Note, don’t try to change your circadian rhythm. As someone who struggles with insomnia, I know that this kind of thing can be destructive.
Day 5 Homework
The comments are open for you to chime in with your goals, your action plan, or any questions you have about the process. Did it help you?
*remember, no self-promo and no trolling.