The 5 Best Morning Routines for Writers

Best Morning Routines for Writers

Have you ever felt like the first hour of the morning sets you on a direct trajectory towards the rest of your day?

You’re either “up and at ’em” and ready to conquer the world, or you’re…well…you’re physically present, but your mind is somewhere else.

Whether it’s still asleep or just dreaming of your future vacation days, you just cannot seem to focus.

No matter how you feel when you wake up, do you maintain a normal morning routine?

As a writer, you may not tend to think in a “routine” way. Rather, you are likely to think out-of-the-box or creatively.

You probably like to take a few unexpected turns throughout the day and even fear to fall into a predictable set of behaviors.

However, successful writers know that implementing a morning routine often makes you more productive when it comes time to sit down and write.

So, what’s a good routine and how strict does it have to be? It can certainly be flexible; it’s important to find a routine that’s right for you.

Not every routine is perfect for every person, and not everyone is on the same schedule.

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Why You Should Write A Crappy First Draft

Why You Should Write a Crappy First Draft

Writer’s Block. Those two little words can derail just about any writing session.

One of the major causes of writer’s block is perfectionism: trying to make everything perfect in the first draft.

When you try to do both the writing and the editing, you’re running your creative brain and your logical brain at the same time. That can kill your productivity.

Instead, use only your creative brain to write the “crappy” first draft.

Pull up your outline notes and just write whatever pops into your head; ignore grammar, spelling, and formatting—just get the words on the paper first. “Write with the door closed,” as Stephen King says.

In Anne Lamott’s popular book about writing, Bird by Bird, she suggests the first draft is the child’s draft, where you let it all pour out on the page.

No one else has to see the first draft, so it’s okay to be messy. You can fix it later, in the second and third drafts, as you edit.

Here are some tips on writing your crappy first draft:

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7 Tips to Increase Your Typing Speed

7 Ways to Increase Your Typing Speed

There you are, writing an email to a friend when all of a sudden you have a “Eureka!” moment about how to set up a breathtaking climax for your current manuscript.

You quickly pull up a blank document and start to type, but after a few minutes you lose your train of thought—because you’re only typing at 20 wpm, but your brain is dictating the scene at 60.

It’s essential for writers and authors to have a fast typing speed; you need to easily jot down ideas as they come to mind.

If you’re typing at 20 wpm, chances are you’ll spend more time trying to remember that great scene than you will typing it.

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How to Outline a Nonfiction Book

how to outline a book

Do you dread taking time to write an outline for a book?Would you rather just put pen to paper and start to write and see where it takes you? Does it feel like a waste of time to begin with the “extra” work of writing an outline? It’s possible to write a nonfiction book by … Read more