Sometimes it feels like the only thing more difficult than writing something you think is good, is actually finding the time to write. Between school, part-time jobs, extra curricular activities and hanging out with friends, it sometimes seems nearly impossible to get in a good writing session. Which is a big problem, because how can you consider yourself a writer when you don’t even write? But don’t worry. If writing is something you are passionate about, follow these tips:
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Commit To 20 Minutes A Day
For 20 minutes each day, make yourself sit down and write anything. It doesn’t matter what. Just do it. Not only will this get you into the habit of writing everyday, inspiration might just strike during that 20 minute writing session. And even if it doesn’t, working on your craft will only make you a better writer for when it finally does.
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Consider the 10,000 Hour Rule
If you want to become a great athlete, you practice everyday. So if you want to become a great writer, shouldn’t you write everyday? Someone once gave me this advice, and it seriously changed my perspective on writing. Malcolm Gladwell writes about the 10,000 hour rule in his book “Outliers” (which you really should read, if you haven’t already). The root of this rule is that if you want to be good (and I mean really good) at something, then you’ve got to practice, practice, practice. And then practice some more.
Keep A Journal With You, Always
Seriously. You never know when you are going to think of a new idea for a story or a great line of dialogue. Write. It. Down. Keeping a journal on you at all times ensures you won’t forget any of the ideas that might turn into a great piece. Plus, there’s nothing more gratifying than sitting down, opening up a fresh page in your journal and writing down your thoughts by hand. All my fellow writers know exactly what I mean.
Do It Because You Love It
Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in worrying about what others will think about your writing (at least I know I’m guilty of this). You wonder what people actually think of your screenplay, or why someone would ever consider publishing your novel. When this happens to me, I think about why I ever started writing in the first place: because I truly loved it. You know what you aren’t doing when you’re spending time guessing what other people are going to say about your writing? You aren’t writing. So pick up that pen and just keep going.