Do you track your word counts, log your hours spent writing, or keep a long to-do list of writing-related tasks?
All of these things can be helpful … but as writers, we sometimes get a bit too caught up in measuring how “productive” we are, at the expense of nurturing our creativity.
Sometimes, doing nothing—or wasting time—can be more productive than you’d expect.Continue reading
Keeping a diary is an activity cherished by many authors. It has helped them express their feelings as well as exercise their writing memory by recalling experiences.
Developing a good writing memory—that is, an ability to remember events and experiences from a storytelling perspective—is essential for authors. It allows them to be productive and effective in expressing thoughts, feelings, and opinions, which is the cornerstone of good writing.
If you ever tackled a creative writing project, then you know that writing is a labor akin to moving a boulder up a hill. If you’re a writer, then it’s a labor of love––it takes time, work, and dedication that you wouldn’t trade for the world. But if you’re one of many Americans working more than 40 hours a week, it can leave you mentally exhausted from doing your job and finding time to write. I know it was not too long ago when I worked full time at a demanding job. To say the least, it didn’t leave me much time to write.
Or so I thought.
One essential ingredient for your writing life is knowing how to wake up your writing spirit, which is that subconscious push to write. Writing droughts exist, but there are ways to avoid getting caught in them.
Writing can be fun with its expressive nature and can also be challenging through the fight to string words together to reach a sensible point. However, it can feel burdensome when you reach a dead end or fail to get inspired to write.