Thursday, September 04, 2008

Choose to Write

Posted by Lynne Griffin

I love September. It's time for a fresh start. Positive outlooks and enthusiasm abound. Even my teenagers like being set up for success with clean rooms and tidy desks, new notebooks and a handful of good pens.

As a writer intent on revising my second novel, I deserve a new set of goals and an optimistic plan for achieving them, too.

Here's my four point plan for getting back to basics.

Schedule writing time
I write my appointments with writing directly on my calendar, just like every other important meeting I make time for.

Write down specific tasks I want to accomplish this month

I assign realistic target dates for completing chapters or polishing parts of my manuscript.

Feed my brain

My best writing happens when I exercise, eat right, and get seven hours of sleep a night. A sharp mind is critical to my ability to concentrate and work through challenging sections of my novel.

Feed my muse

When I read a short story, some poetry, or excerpts of a favorite novel before writing, it's as if I'm putting out an invitation for inspiration to find me.

So many writers lament there isn't time to write. Truth is, if you buy into that kind of thinking, there won't be. I'm of the mindset that we all have the same twenty-four hours a day to do with what we will. I choose to write.


Anonymous said...

Thanks, Lynne. I love feed the brain, feed the muse.

Melissa Amateis said...

Excellent. You hit the nail on the head with everything.

I love this time of the year, too. With a cooler breeze in the air, I somehow feel more energized. :-)

Anonymous said...

I have been trying to get more serious about my writing, but am a damn good procrastinator...
good tips to push me along