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Seven tips for better writing habits


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Erica Johnson | February 8, 2011 at 11:30 am | Tags: postaday2011postaweek2011

Speaking of getting back on track after losing your writing groove, Jamie Wallace of Live to Write – Write to Live recently voiced her frustration with how her personal and professional responsibilities have been imposing on her writing time:

I had intended to get back to journaling…I had meant to get back to work outlining my novel, working on character studies, and creating a fabulously retro “map” of my story using markers, sticky notes, and some very large pieces of paper. But, these intentions were all summarily slaughtered by the demands of my Real Life.

I wanted to cry. I wanted to scream. I felt disappointment, anger, and guilt.

But she’s working on giving up the “I don’t have time” excuse by making writing a more routine part of her schedule. She explains, “The beauty of a habit is that you do it almost without thinking. It’s not something that you have to work at; it’s just part of who you are and your life.”

Here are seven tips she shared on how to cultivate effective writing habits:

1. Find, make, or steal writing time
2. Have a purpose
3. Avoid the shoulds
4. Start small
5. Be consistent
6. Measure progress
7. Find your joy


Você está segurando? Aqui está outro motivo para compartilhar

LOVE and CARE for you , my Dearest!!!

Erica Johnson | 25 de janeiro de 2011 às 12:00 | Tags: postaday2011, postaweek2011 | Categorias: inspiração | URL:
Em Compartilhe sua escrita e quem sabe o que vai acontecer, poeta e editor Robert Brewer descreve como conquistar seu medo de partilhar a sua escrita o ajudou a encontrar o amor da sua vida.

Sua história serve como uma grande lembrança que você nunca sabe quem pode se identificar com o que você tem a dizer.

Se a sua escrita é pessoal ou não, não deixe que pensamentos de auto-crítica, ou medo do julgamento impedi-lo de expressar o que você deseja compartilhar com o mundo. Tenha orgulho de sua escrita, e aproveitar a oportunidade de contato com indivíduos like-minded que apreciam o seu trabalho.
Assim, o amor me levou a escrever, e escrever me levou para o amor. Mas nada disso teria sido possível se eu deixasse tudo engarrafado ou escondido. Como escritores (mesmo quando não sabemos o que estamos escritores), o nosso principal trabalho é escrever, mas também para compartilhar.

Exercise: Need an idea? Try a free write.

Erica Johnson | January 19, 2011 at 11:30 am | Tags: postaday2011postaweek2011 | Categories: Tactics | URL

Stream-of-consciousness exercises are a great way to overcome one of the hardest parts about writing: getting started.

Free writing is a technique that comes in handy when you’re having trouble choosing a topic to write about, or when you can’t manage to make it past that first sentence or two. It’s also an effective way to combat self-critical thoughts and anxiety about deadlines.

Here’s how it works:

First decide how long you want to free write for, then set a timer. Five to ten minutes is a good start, but feel free to challenge yourself with a longer session.

Ready? Go! Don’t prepare anything — just start writing everything that pops into your head, regardless of how nonsensical or bizarre it is. Don’t even bother with grammar and punctuation — just keep your fingers typing, and don’t stop until the timer goes off. (If you find yourself on a roll, by all means, keep writing!)

The final step? Analyze the results.What sentences catch your attention? Did you find a new way to articulate what’s on your mind? Did you remember something funny or interesting? Did you explore a new perspective on an issue?

Remember that free writes don’t have to generate lots of usable content to be valuable. They’re simply intended to help you generate new ideas, organize your thoughts, and get unstuck.

Here’s a ten-minute exercise to get you started. If you give it a try, let us know how it goes!