I’ve been writing for a long time, and I’ve learned a few things along the way. I hope these tips will help you on your writing journey.
1. Create a Writing Environment
The first thing you need to do is create an environment that is conducive to your writing. You need to have a comfortable chair, a table, a lamp, and a place to put your work. If you don’t have any of these things, you can buy them at a thrift store. You can also make your own writing table and chair out of wood, cardboard, or plywood. You’ll also need a lamp and a good lampshade to light up your work area. You don’t need to spend a lot of money, but you do need to make sure that you have enough light to see what you’re doing. If it’s dark, you won’t be able to see your work, and you’ll have a difficult time getting motivated to write. If the room is too bright, you’ll be too distracted by the light. It’s important to find a balance between the brightness of the room and the amount of light coming in from the window. If your room has a window, make sure you have curtains to block out the light from the outside. You should also have a fan or an air conditioner to help keep the room cool. The temperature should be comfortable, but not too hot or too cold. It should be somewhere in the 70s or 80s. You want the room to be a comfortable temperature for you to work at, but it should be cool enough to keep you from getting too hot. You also want it to be quiet enough that you can hear yourself think. If there’s too much noise in your room, it will distract you from your work and make it hard to concentrate. Make sure that there’s enough ventilation in the room so that you don’t get too hot, but don’t make the room too drafty or you’ll end up with cold drafts that will make you shiver. The last thing you want is for your writing to be interrupted by a cold draft. It will be hard to write in a drafty room, and it will be even harder to write when you’re cold and shivering.
2. Make a To-Do List
Before you start writing, it’s a good idea to make a list of all the things you want to accomplish during your writing session. It can be as simple as writing the first sentence of your story, or it can be more complicated, like writing the entire first draft of your novel. Whatever you decide to do, you should make a to-do list to help you stay focused on what you have to do. This will keep you on track and help you avoid getting distracted by other things that you might want to do while you’re writing. It’s also a good way to keep track of what you’ve accomplished and what you still need to work on. When you finish a task on your list, cross it off and move on to the next thing on the list. When your list is full, you’ve accomplished everything you wanted to do for the day, and now you can relax and enjoy the rest of your writing time. You may also want to make separate lists for different types of writing. For example, you may have a list for short stories, another for novels, and another for non-fiction. This way you can keep yourself focused on the type of writing that you’re working on at the moment. You never want to get too far ahead of yourself, so it’s good to have some kind of system in place to keep yourself on track. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just something that works for you. You might find it helpful to make your lists on a piece of paper that you keep in your desk or in a notebook that you carry with you at all times. You could also use an app on your phone or tablet. Whatever system you use, just make sure it’s simple and easy to use so that it doesn’t get in the way of your creative process. You shouldn’t feel like you’re being forced to use it, but at the same time, you shouldn’t be allowed to get away with not using it, either. It needs to be there when you need it, and when it’s not there, you need a reminder to get it out and use it. If possible, try to use the same system every time you sit down to write, or at least use a system that you’ve used in the past and know how to use. This is especially important if you’re trying to write a novel or a series of books, because if you use a different system for each book, you’re bound to get confused and lose track of where you left off with the last book in the series. If that happens, it could be a long and frustrating process to try to get back to where you were before you started writing the next book.