Welcome to Tuesday Tips - a weekly blog post for busy writers!
Here is a Tuesday Tip to help you avoid writer's block.
It's real. We all find ourselves stuck at times staring at a blank screen and begging for inspiration. I've shared some tips previously to help combat writer's block (or lack of productivity), but what if you could prevent it?
It seems that as a writer I either have hyperfocus, or I am distracted by every shiny little idea. What if those shiny distractions could work towards better productivity?
Let's look at some ways multiple projects could help beat the block.
Very Short Stuff - Rather than stare at your screen waiting for a new idea, take a few minutes for correspondence by writing a quick note to a friend, fan, or fellow writer. Perhaps it's time for a short Social Media Post (more on that in the future) to create content that might later be used in a larger piece of work.
Short Stuff - Pieces of writing that range from 300 - 1000 words, such as short stories, journalistic pieces, blog posts, and chapters for broader works can keep you writing while your novel simmers on the back burner.
The Long Stuff - Novels and non-fiction books can keep the writer working towards a long-term goal. Short works have a lot of beginning and ending. When a project is all polished up, it can be difficult to begin anew, however, the longer work that has been simmering is always ready for your attention.
First – We are human, fallible, subject to mood swings and physical highs and lows. We simply feel like writing different things at different times.
Second – Inspiration can descend upon us at inopportune or unexpected moments. Don't lose your ideas by staying too strict in your productivity goals. Having multiple projects in the works will allow you the flexibility to give attention where and when you need.
Lastly – The short stuff can grow into a lengthier project. Don't discount the value of a short story that might later become one scene of your magnus opus. Those "How To" blog posts might morph into a guidebook such as The Hard Run or Run at Any Age. Both found their beginnings on my original blog site.
Focus is fantastic when it is available, but lack of focus shouldn't undermine our productivity. If the words aren't flowing, shift gears and write something else. It may prove to be some of your best work.
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