Six Ways to Make Your Writing Easier
I’ve been writing now on and off for about five years, which I know doesn’t exactly put me as a veteran, but over these years I have found out exactly what I need to get all those words out of my brain and in to some kind of coherent order.
I’ve got six steps, and you may not need or want to use all of them, but once you’ve found the steps that work for you, writing just becomes a lot easier. That’s not to say you won’t get creative block once in a while but it should make managing it a whole lot easier.
1. Have a Plan
The first step to easier writing is the most simple, just know and truly understand what it is you are trying to write. Is it a short story, a news article, a blog post? Also, what’s it about? What’s the question you hope to answer, or the story you want to tell. Knowing these things off the bat obviously makes things a lot easier, but bizarrely, knowing what you’re writing about is not always obvious at the start, so if you do have trouble with this first step, don’t worry about it, just move on to Step 2.
2. Find your own Space
Another important step to easier writing is getting your writing space right. Not everyone is lucky enough to own an office in their own house, but it is still important to find a space to write in that is yours for a few hours, and completely free of distraction. I doubt Leo Tolstoy War had to keep getting up to let the cats out when he was writing War and Peace. If you can’t find a place at home, try the local library or a coffee shop franchise. Find somewhere you can be left alone with your words.
3. Get your devices to work for you
There are plenty of mobile apps or pieces of software around that can help writers write. There’s software like Scrivener that can assist you in writing and compiling novels and screenplays to the myriad of mobile apps like IA Writer that provides a distraction free writing app for those on the go.
Have a browse through the writing software out there and see which ones are recommended by other writers. Download them if they’re free and see which ones are going to work for you.
4. Find the right music
This step may not work for everyone, but depending on what I’m writing having the right music playing can make a big difference. I like background music while I’m writing, so will always put something on to fill the silence. However in some cases, specifically fiction writing the addition of certain styles of music can put me in the ‘right place’. Playing heavy metal or music with a heavy bass-line could help when writing a fight or a battle scene for example, or maybe some classical music can take you back in time for that period piece.
5. Have a Drink
For me, there’s really nothing like a well-brewed coffee to really get my writing synapses buzzing, I also know some writers who won’t even think about writing without their favourite whisky. I’m not advocating that all writing should be performed while in an inebriated state but stimulants like alcohol and coffee have been used as creative accelerants for centuries.
6. Get Started Exercises
You’ve been through steps 1–5 and find yourself sat in your dedicated room, with some nice music and a pot of coffee starring at the blinking cursor on the screen that seems to be mocking you. Despite all of the above, you’re just getting tense from the word-block you find yourself in.
My tip is to start writing, just write something, anything. Even if the end result is a random and garbled conversation that doesn’t mean anything to anybody, you’ve written something. Not sure how to start the article? Well, write the sentence you know you want to include, or the ending if that’s interesting to you. Don’t get stuck on the beginning, write what you want and know you want to include. There are plenty of sites out there that can provide random prompts and sentences if you need further help.
So, there you have it, my 6 steps to making writing a little easier. Like I said, I’m not an expert and you may agree with some, all or none of these, but they’re there for you to have a go at regardless.