By Denise Reashore
Whether you are a pessimist or an optimist, writing requires work. Know yourself and your writing habits and you can stack the deck in your favour.
Do you dig deep struggling to pull out writing?
Or do you wake up with a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
Some writers need to plot and plan, digging deep and dragging the story out in order to get it on the page. Other writers mull ideas over in their heads – a pot of gold filling in the back of their mind. They go to sleep and wake up with pieces and parts of their story shining brightly, and all they need to do is write it down.
Try these tips:
- Brainstorm using webs – record all the possible ideas you are considering or might consider at a later date so that you can free your mind for writing
- Allot a period of the day for planning and put aside a specific amount of time to work on plotting your story
- Set a goal for number of words to be written each day and stick to it
- Place a sticky pad or note book by the bed and jot quick notes before falling asleep or just after waking
Are you waiting for the deal of a lifetime?
Or do you constantly feel as if you have won the lucky draw?
Self conscious writers hold on to their writing – afraid to share it because they are not sure how to handle criticism and think they will just continue to perfect it; all the while, waiting for the deal of a lifetime. Or there are writers who consider every idea a gift – records ideas often and celebrates the path their writing has taken. Do you consider yourself a very lucky person to have writing as a part of your life, whether or not you have a successful writing day?
Now is the time to:
- Take the risk and send out your work. Submitting to contests that also critique might help you with perfecting your story
- Record things you are grateful for each day – these ideas will probably serve as inspiration at a later date
Do you scoff at the fortune cookie?
Or do you have the luck of the Irish?
Pessimistic writers find fault with aspects of their writing which prevents them from progressing. Optimistic writers will take the blow life deals, are courageous and prepared to take risks, and attempt to tread the difficult steps towards obtaining their writing goals. Even if you are an optimistic person, when it comes to your writing, you may fail to have a clear sense of your abilities and difficulty seeing the true value in your work.
To obtain success:
- Make goals attainable – establish many small goals which are actually part of a much bigger main goal
- Celebrate all successes – no matter how big or small
- Set new challenges that encourage you to grow as a writer
So whether or not you are the hesitant gambler or the leprechaun, with a trick or two up his sleeve, knowing yourself and your writing habits can help you to make choices and decisions that will allow you to move forward. So put your coin in – all or nothing; after all, no matter what life deals you, all you really need is an original idea that could turn out to be that lucky one in a million.
Learn from the Greats: 7 Writing Habits of Amazing Writers by Leo Babauta (writetodone.com)
Complete Your First Book with these 9 Simple Writing Habits by Leo Babauta (dumblittleman.com)
10 Steps to Create the Habit of Writing (writetodone.com)
8 Nasty Writing Habits You Should Quit by Suzannah Freeman (fuelyourwriting.com)