Throughout my entire writing career the one question that I continuously get asked is “How do you make time to write?” There really isn’t a proper way to answer that. You could lie and say you make time to write everyday. Not true! Most of the time I find myself sitting at my desk daydreaming or playing Candy Crush (No judgment zone); but many writers tell it! I assume it’s a tool to make ourselves feel as if we are contributing to society. When I was younger I always had a subject to write about, the words came naturally to me. My writing wasn’t forced because I was writing for myself to clear my thoughts. Later on when I started professionally writing time became important. I couldn’t write during the day there were too many distractions i.e. kids, significant other, and (again) Facebook games.
Finding your writing groove…
Growing up in the late eighties, early nighties (age spoiler) during my years of smelling like teenage spirit angst—I kept a journal. Yes, that’s how my career as a writer began. I had no one to really talk to. I was the girl with glasses who visited the public library A LOT! I wrote down every thought that came to mind whether it was good or bad. Oh—it was real fun having my parents read my eleventh grade journal. Lets just say my words were very descriptive. I ended up eating a bar of ivory soap!
Becoming a consistent writer requires planning and determination. Writing everyday does assist in finding a writing voice. Once you establish a pattern, the words will flow. One of my favorite writer’s Stephen King said in his writing memoir On Writing, Writing is about getting happy. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.” Writing cannot be forced. However, you could seek activities to stimulate your creativity like joining a weekly writing group or taking a writing class to help boost your writing.
Here are a few tips to help get your creative juices flowing:
- Write for yourself.
- Find a quiet space with zero distractions (i.e. Facebook, Candy Crush or Instagram).
- Buy a journal to jot down candid thoughts.
- Finally, write at least 20-30 minutes a day to establish fluency.
Pick up a copy of Stephen’s book On Writing. It’s a must have for every writer.
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I promise I won’t be a stranger this year!