Taking Your Time When Writing

Writing is not a simple thing. For some people, it may be as easy as sitting down and typing away – their thoughts merely flow naturally. For others, it takes a little more time to gather their thoughts and write them down. Yet I believe that even for those people whose writing comes naturally, there are times when it simply becomes a challenge. Call it writer’s block or whatever, but the fact is that we should take our time when writing. Otherwise, thoughts may become incoherent and our writing may not be up to par. Here are some tips to help you write better.

Determine your “productivity zone”
We all have this window wherein we are at our best. I used to write better at night after I came home from my day job. Recently, though, I found out that I was more focused in the morning. Identify your own zone and plan to write within that time frame.

Focus on writing

Once you have identified your productivity zone, stay focused. Some of us have this tendency to multitask – I am guilty of this at times. There are just so many things that I can do at a single given time. Yet I realize that these little things that I attend to could actually distract my line of thought. Try to set aside this time exclusively for your writing and see how it affects your work.

In the next post, let’s look at some practical ways we can stay focused on writing during the productivity zone.