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Making the Most of Your Writing Time: 3 Tricks and Tips for Writing at Your Best!

How can I write really well during my writing time and come out of it feeling like I actually accomplished something?

A totally solid question! I mean, it’s hard to sit down in your busy life and make time for your writing, so we want to make the most of it, right? Sometimes it’s just so disappointing after your writing time is up and you might feel like you could’ve done more, so today I’m going to be giving you some tips and tricks on making the most of your writing time, to get things done!

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1. Mood

When you sit down to write, for many reasons, you might happen to be stressed, depressed, angry, who knows-but you have to make sure that you’re very calm and collected before you begin writing.

This might mean that there has to be no loud noises, a calm environment, a drink, even music might be required! But whatever you might use to calm down or feel calm, definitely use before (or in some cases during) your writing sessions!

Now, the reason why being so calm during your writing sessions is required is because whatever mood you happen to be in while writing actually ends up being incorporated into your writing, whether you know it or not.

Let’s say for example you happened to be angry before you sat down to write. Well, maybe you might accidentally find characters lashing out at each other, your sentences to be rough and hard, and many other seemingly small yet big things that just happen to slip into your writing all because of your mood.

So! While you’re writing, make sure you’re happy. After relieving any stress (if you happen to have some, which I totally hope you don’t), be positive and make sure you’re feeling good about yourself to get the best out of your writing time!

 

2. Time

“I would loooveee to write, but I just don’t have the time!” 

This I have heard a lot.

And yeaahhh, I’m quite guilty of saying it far too many times before as well *coughs*

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All the time, we fantasize about writing and yet find ourselves writing emails, browsing Pinterest, and doing all these other fun-yet-totally-and-100%-completely-not-writing-things.

*sniffles and wipes away dramatic tear* the dedication us writers have…

*cues sad music and tears*

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OKAY I’M JUST KIDDING.

In a nutshell, I have found myself guilty of drawing, or watching a movie, or scrolling through my inbox, or whatever else, and yet…for some strange reason….I don’t have time to write???

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I’m sure it’s safe to say we’re all guilty of doing this. So instead of either wasting your time watching a movie, or working on a different hobby…WRITE! 

But, of course…it can never as simple as just saying it-it’s easier said than done. 

So, what can we do that will get ourselves writing?

Well, first: Clear out all distractions

Okay, I used to 1000000000000000% roll my eyes at this one, but it’s FAR too true. It’s sooo easy to just get caught up into other things-so chuck the phone into the fireplace, clear off all distracting tabs (or simply close your internet), and grab your writing stuff! WHOO!

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SO, now that we’ve blasted out all distractions into oblivion, how do we really dedicate ourselves to get our writing done?

Simply set aside a specific amount of time at a certain time of day.

There so many options for this one! For example, maybe you decided every day at 3:00 p.m you’ll write a thousand words, or  maybe every week at 3:00 p.m you’ll write a thousand words, or maybe at 3 random times throughout the day you might write for half an hour-you just have to find your own jam! And once you find what works best for you, you’ll be writing efficiently and more words than ever before in no time flat!

Here’s a fun fact. I was mulling over why setting aside time is so good for your writing, when I realized this: the reason why this works is because this is basically like setting up goals, and when we set up goals we have a much higher chance of actually doing anything and achieving anything than if we weren’t to make them. 

Also, you’ll be setting it into a rhythmic schedule so that pretty soon it will become just a part of your life where you won’t need to drag yourself to it, and it won’t feel as hard.

It’ll take a bit of dedication and hard work to find yourself a good solid writing time (whether it be every day or once a week or whatever you choose), and it’ll be a bit tough doing it at a certain time for a certain length, but I promise you, if you find exactly what works best for you, you will get so much more done so much faster than ever before.

 

3. Mindset

Mindset is SO important when it comes to writing.

There are so many mistakes with a writer’s mindset when they write. Sometimes they think of it as a chore, and I hate whenever I see writers talk about this, or even see it in action-or for goodness sakes even when I do it myself! They drag themselves to their computers, slap the keys with disinterest, and slump away half an hour later after writing pointless things into their book.

Another common mistake of mindset is when writers think only of word count. They race to the finish line, thinking only of, in my opinion, a completely ridiculous prize at the end of the track instead of the fun of preparing for the event and enjoying the run as us writers race.

No, instead it’s all about: STRESS. WORD COUNT. GO, GO, GOOO! And of course pretty soon they’re dying as they drag themselves to their computers to type out ridiculous things just for the sake of word count. 

Lovely.

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SO, an idea that I strongly believe boosts the chances of making the most of your writing time is that…you have to LOVE what you’re doing! I’ve spoken about this before, so some of you who have been following me for a while totally recognize this, but what I love to say is: why would you hate doing what you love most?

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So guyssss, when you’re writing make sure you’re:

1. Calm.

2. Have a good amount of time to do everything, and,

3. Feel motivated and ready to go!

All of these thrown into the bowl together and mixed well will come out of the oven as a well-written book, and a productive and super effective use of your time!

 

…that was probably one of my weirdest metaphors ever.

 

What are some or your favorite ways of making the most of your writing time?

Are these tips going to be useful for your next writing time? 

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions or thoughts, leave a comment down below.

Thanks for reading!

Mary

 

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4 thoughts on “Making the Most of Your Writing Time: 3 Tricks and Tips for Writing at Your Best!”

  1. Great post! 🙂 there have definitely been times when I wasn’t in an awesome mood, but still decided to write. That definitely comes across in the writing later. *facepalm*

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