I'm always looking for ways to get more out of my writing time, and recently I discovered "13 Things I Learned About Writing Faster" by Veronica Sicoe. It's a great starting place.
What follows is her list shuffled into my order with a few additional thoughts added.
- Make writing your Top Priority
- Writing first thing in the morning is HUGELY helpful
- Life doesn’t care about your writing time
- Having a great outline is half the victory
- Your first outline isn’t necessarily a great outline
- Separating decision-making from typing does the trick
- Conversational tone is the fastest to write and the easiest to read
Stick with what works best for you. Everyone has heard "Write what you know," and that applies here. If you are going to stretch your boundaries (and you should), do the research before you sit down to write.
- [Placeholders] are your [friends]
- Social media isn’t [your friend]
- Perfectionism is the death of creativity
- What gets measured gets managed
- Celebrating progress is VITAL
- Knowing “it can be done” is a great motivator
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to keep yourself motivated. The first thing to remember is that it can be done. There are authors with 9 to 5 jobs, who take care of their family and have a social life that can finish a couple of books a year. Once you start tracking your efforts, you'll see that you can do it too.
To see Veronica's original list, check out her post at http://www.veronicasicoe.com/blog/2015/11/13-things-i-learned-about-writing-faster/