For the Artists Who Like to Remain Strictly Out of the Box
“The major difficulty a writer must face has nothing to do with language: it is finding or making the circumstances that make writing possible. The first project for a writer is that of constructing a writing life.” – David Huddle, The Writing Habit
The more you write, the more you will grow in your writing capabilities. While this concept isn’t difficult or surprising, the problem persists in that writing often gets pushed into the margins of our lives. We find ourselves saying, “I’ll work on that article after the kids have gone to bed” or “After this semester ends, I’ll start the short story that’s been milling around in my head” or “I wish I had more time to write” as we click “next episode” on Netflix. Why is it so hard to open a blank document or turn to a fresh page? A lot of the time, writing is one of those activities that brings more long term rewards than immediate results. The only way to reap those long term benefits is to sow the seeds of a healthy writing life.
Some people argue that if they aren’t feeling inspired to write, they must not have anything worthwhile to share. Whether you agree with this or not, the fact remains that writing is like a muscle. Picking up a pen (or opening your laptop) is like lifting a weight – if you do it over and over, you’ll only get stronger and more confident in doing so. So if the key is consistency and practice, how can you ensure that there will always be time to dedicate to your craft?
Here are 4 steps to help you develop your writing life:
The important thing to remember is that you’re developing your writing life, which will maximize your writing output. While the details of other writers’ schedules may help you to try out new things, don’t get bogged down by advice from others. Look back to what first inspired your passion for words and writing, figure out when is the best time for you to write, be aware of your needs and possible distractions, and focus on creating the rituals that will make you a productive writer.
Emiley Jones works in the marketing & writing departments for Certa Publishing // http://www.certapublishing.com/