As I mentioned earlier this week, my creative writing professor gave my class advice on how to commit to our writing and it has left me inspired. My desire to write has been reinvigorated and I’m happy to say that I’ve already written the first three chapters of my new book (*squeal of excitement*). I’ve compiled the advice offered from my professor and other writing friends on how to focus your energy on writing and take your writing seriously.
Call yourself a ‘Writer’
Make this word part of your identity. You don’t have to be published or famous to be a writer. See yourself as a serious writer and you are one step closer to becoming one.
Join a writing group
There are official writing groups you can join (similar to book clubs) where you workshop and get feed back. It’s great to have fresh eyes look at your work and it keeps you accountable. Even if you can’t find a group or don’t have the time, find at least one friend who is willing to read and provide honest notes.
Schedule it in
Set up blocks of time to write and take it seriously. Maybe tell close friends about the times so they know not to disturb you while you’re writing. Also, get away for the writing – don’t do it at home with all of your distractions ready to pull you away from your story
Read and underline
Read as much as you can, especially books or poems similar to how you want to write. Underline lines and parts you love to pull inspiration from.
Always have a notebook on you
I have a page in my bullet journal dedicated to random ideas for poems or books. Additionally, whenever I’m on campus I try to have a small notebook stashed in my backpack so if I have a spare moment I can write.
Find resources that work for you
There are a lot of online resources available to provide support and inspiration to aspiring writers. I use Pinterest to find writing prompts for practice and often use the fashion and model posts to find images that help me decide what my characters will look like.
I also LOVE The Most Dangerous Writing App (find it here). The app allows you to set a timer and you have to write for the entire time otherwise it deletes everything you’ve written so far. It sounds crazy but it really forces you to push past your writer’s block. I usually shoot for 5 minutes at a time on the site.
So, I hope some of these have been helpful. Keep me posted on how your writing is going and let me know if you have any of your tips and tricks in the comments below!