We have set our goals for 2022 and we are all set to go, BUT life gets in the way. Here are just a few tips to help you keep up with your writing.
The first draft is always the hardest to write and requires your full attention. Writing has to become a habit and should be done regularly like taking a bath or eating food. We talked about picking a day, time of day and the length of time to write. Setting aside time helps you get into the flow of your writing. Remember to be realistic with your schedule so as not to frustrate yourself and derail your progress.
Don’t Edit While You Write
Your first draft is just that, your first draft. It is a dump of your thoughts and ideas. It is going to be raw and unfiltered, with possible spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. That’s okay. Keep writing. Let your creative juices flow. Once you are done, put your manuscript aside and let it breathe. Returning after a break will give you a fresh perspective and you can then refine your manuscript. Then you can begin the editing process.
Join a Writing Group
Writing can sometimes be lonely. If you need some motivation, consider joining a writing group. Being with other people with the same goal in mind can inspire you to do the same. This will also help to keep you accountable to the writing process and to the goals you established at the beginning of the year. IABX hosts a weekly writing group on Zoom to help our writers on task and stay inspired. Sign up and join our classes.
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