Become A Writer

Tools & Strategies To Get The Words Flowing

1. Create a daily writing habit

2. Choose a word count that feels easy. For me it was 500 a day. For you it might be 100 or 200.  The goal isn’t to write a ton here. The goal is to get yourself into the habit of sitting down every day and getting words onto the page. 

3. Take days off. I take one day off per week.

4. Don’t edit as you go. Spelling, sure. Content? No. Get to your word count and close up for the day. Come back tomorrow.  Edit later.

5. Show up even if you don’t think you have anything to say. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you show up.

4. Try this for a week.  Put it in your agenda. Cross it off when you’re done, cuz that FEELS GOOD!

5. Make sure you turn on the word counter tool in your word processor.

6. I open one file a week.  At the end of each entry I mark how many words I have reached. So if I reach 508 on the first day, this is the last line of the entry. Each entry has a word count log at the end. I find it really encouraging to see the numbers grow everyday.

7. Don’t worry if it’s shit.  The goal here isn’t quality, it’s QUANTITY.

8. Journal. If, when you sit down to write something for a blog that is not personal writing and you find yourself stuck, a journal habit might be a good first step for you. I call this “Clearing the lines”. Just like water can’t flow through clogged pipes, so creativity cannot flow through a clogged mind. Brain dump all your personal shit out into a journal everyday. This will help prepare you to channel more creative ideas out onto the page.

9. If you are writing for a business, make sure you have identified your Three Pillars. These will help you to stay focussed with your writing on the driving principles of your biz.  Not sure what yours are? Email me at stephanie.a.renaud@gmail.com and set up a free call with me to identify yours.

***I am always adding to and updating this list. Come back again soon for new tips and strategies!!

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