Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Writing Plan: Using your best energy

Working on a long-term project, like a full-length memoir, takes dedication and hard work. It also takes some practical organization of your time and energy. You'll need to do some research, brainstorming and first draft writing, editing and revising and then submitting to agents or publishers. While the final revisions and submissions come last, the other steps can happen intermittently.

There are times when I don't feel like writing; I simply don't feel creative and don't have anything to say. This is a time to potentially focus on my editing, revising and research skills rather than simply calling it, "writer's block." Sure, regular writing and flexing of this creative muscle can help to shorten these periods, but this is a good time to do some research and review what I've already written.

There are other times when I feel very creative. Why not take advantage of this and make the time to produce new work? It would be a waste to take out the so-called red pen to edit, do a poor job of it and then lose the potential creative output.

Honor the period you're in and use the energy to keep your project going forward. Sure, sometimes there are deadlines or you're in a point in your work that you don't have that flexibility, but overall, do your best to take advantage of the state your in. Remember that editing, revising and researching are important parts of your project, so even if you aren't writing, you're still moving forward.

Keep up the good writing work, friends! How do you best take advantage of your natural energies?

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