- Set Manageable Goals – For me, setting a goal of writing a page a day for my current novel has helped me stay on track ,and gives me a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. You may discover your manageable writing pace is faster than mine, but the important thing is to stick with it!
- Reward Yourself – For every 5,000 words I write, I reward myself with a special treat or watch a movie. Nothing fancy, just something to look forward to when I reach my goal.
- The Internet Is Your Best Friend – Doing research isn’t such a chore when you have a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips to assist you in setting up a scene or finding the perfect hair style to match your character’s personality.
- Use A Motivator – My motivation for completing my first novel was to use the story as a memorial for my two cats. On days when writer’s block kicks in, it’s important to have a good reason to fight through it.
- Get Your Friends Involved – Ask your friends if you can bounce story ideas off them or have them read your query letter and synopsis for errors before submitting them to a literary agent or publisher. Friends can also help by just being there for moral support.
- Have A Notebook Handy – I keep a notebook on my desk for jotting down ideas, flashes of inspiration, character sketches, etc.
- Pull From Personal Experience – This worked for me as a new author, using some of my memories of dormitory living and campus life to help create the collegiate setting in my first book.
- Read A Lot – When I’m reading, I make a vocabulary list of words that catch my eye, take note of sentence structure and the flow of dialogue, or the way an author conveys a certain emotion in the story. These are all ways I can make my own writing stronger.
- Join A Local Writer’s Group – This is a great way to network with other authors in your community.
- Take A Shower – Sounds weird, right? During the writing process, I’ve discovered that relaxing in a nice, hot shower can trigger brainstorming. In fact, I highly recommend investing in shower markers for those times when the imagination starts running wild!
“The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.” ~ Jules Reynard