Every writer dreams of increasing their word count or putting enough words on the page that makes the time and effort they put into their writing time worth it.
Making it a reality is not so dreamy.
In this post, I share my top tips to increase your word count by maximizing your writing space and time.
Firstly, I recommend you…
SET THE MOOD
Prepare your writing space so that the time you spend writing go as smoothly as possible. You can do this by:
Deciding where will you write
Knowing this ahead of time takes the guesswork out of the equation and the time wasted deciding. You can change the location if it stops working, but knowing ahead of time is one less distraction to your writing time.
Make sure it’s distraction free
Unless you’re using your phone to play music it should be off, along with the TV, and your computer alerts turned off. You space should be free of distraction and the chances being disturbed.
Do you have an image or saying that inspires or encourages you to write? Or reminds you of why you write? Put it in your writing space. You want to surround yourself with elements that encourage and spark your creativity.
Space for your tools
We all have tools we like to use when writing. Maybe yours is a favorite pen or pencil, or an inspirational journal that you use to jot down notes. Whatever your tools, make sure there’s space for them so you don’t have to waste time hunting them down. If your surface space is limited, consider an organizer you can keep on the floor near your writing space.
Clear and organized
Unless you’re a writer who excels in chaos, I don’t recommend writing in a cluttered space. The clutter makes it difficult to find what you need when you need it, and can distract you from writing.
Your computer provides a lot of light, but nothing beats natural light streaming through your window, or a well-lit room where you don’t have to squint.
Keeping family out while you’re writing is a must. Unless you’ve got babies or toddlers who need your attention, don’t be afraid to kick your family out of your writing space, whether it’s a door you can lock or a do not disturb sign. They won’t like it, but they’ll get over it and learn to respect your writing time if you’re consistent.
Tip: Previous distractions
If you struggle with being distracted while you write, try writing out all your distractions part and present, and identifying ways to you can avoid or circumvent them so they don’t hijack your writing time. If you know your distractions ahead of time, you can prepare your space accordingly.
Every writer’s space is different. Some writers can write anywhere, while other writers require their desks to be clear, their surroundings quiet, a perfectly prepared drink within reach—and the moon to be in the right phase!
The important thing is to find what works best for you.
Now that you space with prepared, it’s time to sit down and write. Your writing time is precious, so don’t let it go to waste!
The two top ways to maximize your writing time is to Prepare Yourself and Prepare to Write.
Take a deep breath and clear your mind from the jumble of thoughts creatives tend to have. If the stresses of the day make it hard to concentrate, consider meditating before you start writing.
Think about your story before you sit down to write. You can start as far ahead as thirty minutes. It’s a way of inviting your characters to your writing session, and letting them know you’re open to conversations with them.
Let go of perfection. Your writing time is about putting words on the page, and developing your characters and settings. It’s not about the best way to phrase a sentence, or if the word you chose is the best one for that sentence. Those ‘I want it to be perfect’ thoughts will hinder your writing time; you’ll find yourself editing and nit-picking instead of writing.
Be open to writing in 15- to 30-minute spurts. It’s a myth that you need hours to write—so don’t let that prevent you from using those short periods of time in your day to write your story.
PREPARE TO WRITE
If you thrive on looming deadlines, a timer can motivate you and help with focus.
Remember that you want to use your writing time solely for writing. Pick your writing tools ahead of time so you’re not wasting time deciding if you’ll use a journal or your computer.
Take five to ten minutes before you start to summarize what you’re going to write, whether it’s a scene or a whole chapter. This one simple exercise stirs the creative juices, and helps with writing fuller and deeper content for your story.
Use your outline. Always keep your story outline and character sketches within reach whenever you’re writing. You’ll save time scrolling through the story looking for a name you can’t remember, or wondering what comes next.
Use productivity tools. The options are endless. From stopping your phone or computer from beeping, locking your access to social media, and time and word trackers. Your writing time is precious, so use whatever tools necessary to make it the best it can be.
There you have it, my tips maximizing your writing space and time so you write more words.
If you’d like help writing your book this year, I invite you to book a free call with me. I’d love to help. BOOK A CALL.