Everyone has days where they are more productive than others. Rather than pound your head on the desk in frustration, use these five tips to make the most from your writing time.
Know your zone.
Every writer has a time of day when his or her creativity peaks. If your muse rises with the chickens, use that time to park your butt in the chair and get your fingers typing. The same goes for the night owls out there. Skip the late-night TV and write.
Write about your passions.
Pursue writing assignments that match your interests. Will every writing job you find fit the bill? Maybe not. Eating will always take priority over love, but whenever possible, seek writing gigs that excite or inspire you.
Make a schedule.
Once you’ve established your peak writing time, use it wisely. Check out my post on scheduling your writing time for tips to get the most out of every minute.
Set a goal.
Do you know where you want your writing to take you? Do you want to be able to support yourself with your words? Maybe you want to finish that novel you’ve been planning to write for years. Identify your goal and give some serious thought to the steps you’ll need to follow to get to it. Maybe you need to create a writing ritual, or find a way to increase the amount of writing you churn out.
Deal with interruptions.
Some days it seems like the phone rings off the hook and everyday emergencies hold sway. Interruptions happen. You have a choice, you can let them rule your productivity, or you can develop strategies to deal with them and get back on track.