In the early days of my writing life, I believed I had to wait for the muse to land on my shoulder and whisper in my ear before I could begin. I did a lot of waiting, until I realized that to be a writer, I had to write. No matter what. Learn how to understand your creative process, overcome writer’s block, establish a writing “habit” and fill the well.
Be honest about what keeps you as a writer from getting to the page
• Lack of focus
• Time constraints
How can you get to the page?
• Set goals
• Make a commitment
• Do the math
• Be intentional
• Silence the judgmental voices in your head
• Develop rituals
Goals—Start with the Big One
Answer the question: What do I want to write?
• Short story
• Creative nonfiction
Goals—Break Down the “Big One”
Set Daily/Weekly Goals—Define how you will measure your progress
• Number of pages completed
• Amount of time devoted to writing
• Amount of time devoted to research/ plotting/ outlining
Set Deadlines—External and Internal