20 Guidelines to Increase Your Writing Efficiency

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Would you like your latest writing project to keep you moving faster? The great writers have felt the same thing. Don’t take stress, it’s correctable. When there are no words to write, but the writers have effective ways to move further.

  • Dig New Grounds

Instead of writing the same thing, write multiple drafts. You can tell the same story again and again but in a different manner. It makes you feel more invigorated. The part of you that you are not able to fix, your new draft may solve it.

  • Make A Reliable Schedule

Start from today and write daily. Look for a good time. Decide a specific time like 6:00 or 9:00 am and don’t deviate from it. If you are not able to make time, you’ll not find the time.

  • Utilize The Available Time

Obviously, you are not unable to use time, you don’t have. Definitely, it’s easier to work consistently without switching the tasks because you can’t wait for a large block of time in your timetable, it’s not possible. Rather, use the time between the tasks that could be misused. When you are not able to write just prepare yourself to write.

  • Prioritize

Sorry to inform you, but you are unable to do everything. If you spend 3 hours on television, 4 hours on video games, 8 hours at work or school, 2 hours for eating, 8 hours on sleeping, and one hour for writing, which makes 26 hours daily. Obviously, it’s not possible, you have to cut something if you want to write.

  • Look For Words, Not Time

If you have written 1000 words and you know that you can go to play golf, it makes you feel satisfied and unrestricted, maybe you write faster than the expectation.

  • Look For Time, Not Words

Sometimes, it becomes hard to write more words and so does the chair becomes hard to sit. If you are feeling tired, stressed or confused, you can decrease your time for writing. But it’s better to set some goals and stick to them, don’t give up easily.

  • Don’t Wait For A Beginning

Sometimes you will find things difficult to write if you plan on starting from the beginning. One very effective tip is to start writing the main body of the content first. When you are done with the content, you will find it much easier to make an introduction for the write-up as well as giving it an ending will be a piece of cake for you.

  • Start With The Central Idea

It’s better to start the part that is your inspiration. Start where you want to be, where you have a strong creative desire. Introduction and conclusion can be added later. First, write your favorite part.

  • Select A Specific Audience

 When you have selected someone and had a picture in your mind, you can write more effectively. It also makes you clear, about the purpose of your writing.

  • Audience Can Be Changed

Sometimes, you get confused or bored while writing, you can change your audience. Might be, you were not considering any particular reader at that time, which makes your writing unfocused. You can imagine writing to your best ones such as a friend, a customer, fans or grandmother. (If you have a grandmother, write regularly to her)

  • Take Small Steps

You can make yourself to write only one sentence and then leave it if you become overpowered by the thought of writing a whole piece. Roger Zelazny was a science fiction writer, usually advised the authors to write only two sentences.

  • Don’t Rewrite Before The Completion Of Writing

The time for writing and editing is different, it’s not possible for most writers to do both simultaneously. Editing while writing may slow down your writing to a standstill which is a major block for writers. Once you have started writing, the ideas will start coming so fast that you don’t have enough time to refine them until you’ve caught them.

  •  Change Your Topic, When Current One Is Not Working

The specialization of the industrial age has told us that we are made for variety, you are not meant to do the same thing every time. Always keep more than one project at the same time. Whenever you lose interest in one book, start working on something else.

  •  Only Make Yourself Happy

Definitely, you would be interested in one type because it sells well, but your competition is with other writers as well and in the publishing world the competition is very tough. It’s not my point to make you ignore the market place. Obviously, if you are interested in more than one type, you must go for the most famous one. But you can focus on one about which you can write effectively because it will require less research and offers less competition.

  •  Relax! You Are Not At School Anymore

Mostly, the school teaches children to hate writing. But you should love writing. It makes you share your feelings and grammar only helps you in sharing. If your style is not helping the reader, it’s useless. It’s not your obligation to sound like anyone.

  •  Make A Hand Book To Record

Whenever you have an idea, write it down for the next time. Make a notebook to store your interesting expressions when you have. Record the physical details about the scenes you have to write.

  •  Don’t Wait For A Motivation

Take the creative thinking directly from your surroundings, when it’s not showing inspiration on you or if you are not getting it. You would know how to find it when you are sitting on your chair according to your timetable of 6:00 or 9:00 pm, maybe it’s recorded in your notebook, and you just have to find it.

  •  State The Obvious

Try this “What I really mean is….” And pretend that you are talking to a child when you get stuck or jumbled while writing and then say what you meant for. When students become nervous and show up for their first speech, my teacher asks them to use a simple technique. She asked them “Do not deliver a speech, just try to tell us frankly what you want to be said.”

  •  Change Your Standards

When you feel your writing is in a standstill.  Send it as voicemail to yourself or as an email or text it to someone else. You can write it as a headline or just write the outline. Use a crayon or pencil. Like James Thurber, when his eyesight weakened, he wrote one letter per page. Do you think you have problems more than him?

  •  Write In Your Own Way

Workaround your block, if you feel that you are restricted and words are not coming. Don’t make yourself stay on one point. Explain the alternative, give the history, background or tell the backstory. Hopefully, you will get back on your track. 

Do you have worked for any other tip or have you tried these tips earlier?