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I hope this post helps greatly in your writing journey. I've written hundreds of books and articles, probably thousands, most of them very successful. Here are my personal tips:
I don’t know that I agree with these! I don’t think it’s beneficial to write every day. I think you can get massively burned out and then just start cranking out rubbish pieces - it’s not healthy for many of us to just work work work.
Each to their own though, I guess!
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I agree with you. I think you should always take a break. Breath in and go places to find another inspiration.
Not every day you can write, and forcing yourself to write everyday would probably make you hate writing.
Yep I agree, balance is key for me if you have that lifestyle where you constantly involved in healthy environment then you're alright, I mean you're right about getting burned out, work work work is not the way to go, it can get pretty boring and unsatisfying, you need to have other things to do, healthy stuffs like exercise and working out.
I agree with all of your points except the first one. If you are not in the mood to write, you must refrain from writing as it would affect your result. You cannot give your 100% if you are not in the right mood to deliver. Make sure you are in the best of your moods and only then, ideas will flow and you will be able to put it down coherently.
The phone thing is really good. Staying away from electronics is the way to go to become a successful writer.
You have a point there. It would be better to take a rest if you are not feeling well. You may not know, you might post an article that has bad quality. That may affect your performance or reviews from your reader. Better to feel good and in a good condition so that you can be sure that you can still write good quality articles.
You cannot give your 100% if you are not in the right mood to deliver.
I am glad to know your tips for Article Writers. But, it doesn't work for me. I only write when I feel like doing so. I don't have the consistency of idea. I don't force myself on writing a write-up because I am usually empty minded. Any idea that pop on mind, I write it down and rewrite it in due time. I must admit that I am not a born writer and I'm not good at it.
These are great tips! I sometimes feel so lazy to do works and tend to just spend time on scrolling through social media account. I am trying to diminish my usage of social media so that I could focus more on working. I agree that working on the bed is better than not working at all. I sometimes work at my bed. Even though I sometimes feel sleepy while working, I still manage to keep myself awake in order to finish my work.
I do agree with 2-5 but writing even when your sick is to me unhealthy and counterproductive. Writing daily is a good mental exercise. But if you're going to write daily, you shouldn't over do it, because it would cause you to burn-up or get bored of your daily writing routine. It's best to pace yourself and take breaks.
Yeah, I don't write when I am sick since I won't be able to deliver on the works that I want to do. I am that kind of person that always do the right things and the need for me to keep my work at a high level matters so much to me.
I like the point about Germans and their focus. It is a thing that is well known with phones and their capability to cause distraction.
Writing everyday is one of the way that we can improve on our articles as you get to see mistakes that need to be corrected from your work. That is the type of consistency that you get when you are doing the right things as regards being a writer.
True when you write everyday you become a natural such that you rarely Make errors and when you do then doing corrections is easy as you can spot them quickly.
You have a great point. It's a way of enhancing your skills and spotting the areas that need improvent.
This one will surely help towards my writing journey. I'll consider some of the points you mentioned and try to incorporate it on my mind as to not procrastinate with some things. Thanks!
Pardon me for this comment but I disagree with your first item that says write even if you are not feeling well. When you are sick even of colds or flu, you are not in the mood to write. What can you write when you are sick? Not really a good article maybe so why bother writing? My take on writing when you are not feeling well is to fortify your health first and when you feel good then you can write better to produce a good article.
Some of the tips are new to me. I have all the respect for your opinions and thanks for sharing with us. But I have to disagree with the first tip. I don't write if I am not feeling well. When I am sick, new and great ideas don't come easily. It seems like you are stressing yourself for writing something even if you don't want to. But maybe, this tip can work for you and that would be great to hear.
Some of the tips doesn't affect on me. I write when I love to write but I get sick or not feeling well, I rather sleep and stay on bed until I'm getting better. My brain won't function when I'm tired or sick it will only give me headache.
I'm not sure I'll validate these tips, but I think point number three makes sense. It's important to be focused while you write and not get distracted. I feel though, that this should come from self discipline. I work with my phone right there and I don't touch it unless there is an emergency. Discipline and focus are important for all writers and I think this should come from your sense of purpose. Why do you do what you do?
I agree with you. It actually is hard to follow these tips. But, point number 3 is always true. Being focused will make you more productive.
I don't want to start argument but I don't think I could completely agree with these. When we are not feeling well and we still try to work, our brain gets damage. Also, it is not just about focus. Working for 5-6 hours is not too efficient. Our brain needs some rest. We won't be able to think properly when our brains are exhausted. I am a lazy person too but that doesn't mean I don't write. I write when my brain is in good condition so I can deliver the best of what I can do. I rest when I have to.
It's not only about thinking properly on what to write but also the consideration to your health because you need to rest not only your eyes and ears but also your mind when you are not feeling well. Sometimes you feel like lying on the bed for the whole day because you feel lethargic due to colds or flu and that's what you should do - get away from the computer and take your needed rest together with the medicines.
Don't be lazy. And if you're lazy, writing from the bed is better than not writing at all.
These are great tips I must say. But, honestly, it's hard to follow. It's easy to plan to become great, but it's hard to stand by it. I hope everyone is persistent enough to follow advices like these.
A problem with writing everyday is getting burnt out. It's not ideal believe me and it'll only induce more episodes of writer's block. Taking a break from writing is essential as you'll need time to recharge and fill yourself up with ideas and inspiration. Working yourself to the point of exhaustion is also never a good thing as your body needs time to rest as well. The only way for your brain to function better is to have ample time of rest.
Your tips are good and can be beneficial to some but not to all. People have different situations in life, have different priorities, and have different taste or genre. Nonetheless, thanks for sharing.
I agree with you. Everyone is unique and everyone has their own way of dealing things. So one that works for him/her may not work on the other person. It all depends with the person.
"Stop worrying way too much about being a good writer. Just write content."
This is a very good advice. Things should come naturally. Instead of focusing on aiming to be the best, why not focus on your current skills? You can aim on being a good writer but do not focus on that to the extent you are not progressing thinking of the future.
These are some really great tips. I never realized that Germans left their phones in their cars when they work. My phone is not what gets me. It is my computer, lol. I like to check my facebook or my emails. Or I remember I was going to look this or that up. And that is what distracts me. But it is not like I can leave my computer in my car, as then I would never get any work done.
I do love the idea of writing daily. This helps keep the mind sharp. And the creative juices flowing. I usually do write daily unless I am without my laptop.