8 Ways to Disciplined Writing, Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

Scott Ginsberg has some good advice on disciplining yourself to be a more effective writer. His article 8 (More) Ways to Discipline Yourself to Write Every Single Day – Even When You’re Not in the Mood covers the following points:

1. Shift your attitude toward writing.

2. Rearrange your definition of “writing.”

3. Pick your best medium.

4. Eradicate your belief in Writer’s Block.

5. Stop trying to “find” the time.

6. Avoid creative compartmentalization.

7. Begin writing Morning Pages.

8. Remember the Circle of Write.

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My life has been pretty simple. I grew up in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's in Advertising. I have spent about the last ten years in web development. In 1998, a friend of mine and I started a web design company we ran for three or four years before deciding to close it due to the demands of school. Since then, I stayed in the web working with various companies in Alabama. I worked for a brief period with Southern Progress, namely with Southern Living magazine and Health magazine, in their web departments. While there, I also wrote for Southern Living magazine, Health.com., and the company's internal newsletter. I write as much as I can. For the last five years, I have been working on my first novel. I am on the third revision now and hope to be finished with this draft by the end of the year. I also write short fiction, though not as frequently as I used to due to the time I spend on the novel. My goal is to have my novel published in the next three years. Other interests include: History (particularly medieval and ancient civlizations), Reading, Foreign Language (I currently speak Spanish but plan to learn as many as I can), Landscape Photography, the outdoors, sports (especially college football), and Travel.

4 thoughts on “8 Ways to Disciplined Writing, Even When You Don’t Feel Like It”

  1. I agree, Robert. I’ve long held the belief that writer’s block is a myth. There are ways around it, you just have to find what works for you. Most of the time if I just get up for a bit and come back to it, I’ll be able to start writing again. Most days, I try to get at least an hour of writing in at night. If I write 2 pages in an hour, that’s great; if I write a paragraph, that’s also okay. The main point is to try and write at least something. Everyone can do that: a sentence, a paragraph, a page, etc.

    If you sit there for 15 mins and can’t think of anything, don’t give up and don’t say you have writer’s block. Even if the words you write for that day are horrible and you have to throw them out the next day, at least you have written something, and that act of writing will go a long way toward improving your craft and making you a better writer. I use to say I had writer’s block but I realize now that was just an excuse not to write.

  2. Good advice!

    Another helpful thing for me is to stay away from distractions during those times of difficulty. I find I write better with my laptop disconnected from the internet (and wireless off, of course).

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