Do You Have a Writing Strategy?

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Having great ideas and good intentions is just the beginning when it comes to writing a book. A solid writing strategy can make all the difference in bringing your vision to life. When I embarked on my first book, I didn’t have a plan or blueprint to guide me. Instead, I relied on my homegrown “ation” strategy.

What’s an “ation” strategy? I’m glad you asked.

It kicks off with inspiration. Creating content that excites me, and hopefully, my readers too. Writing requires perspiration. It’s work—sometimes really tough work. I prepare for inevitable exasperation when I’m fed up and take (brief) breaks from the process. Ultimately, it takes determination. Keeping my eyes on the prize to cross the finish line.

This strategy helped me produce a 50,000-word nonfiction book over eight months, learning a lot about writing along the way. Conversations with BookFuel authors have further enriched my understanding. Next time, I’ll be better equipped, whether using C. Hope Clark��s advice or establishing a routine to maximize my time.

Here are some writing tips and ideas I’ve gathered since my first book:

Location, Location, Location

Find your writing place. While it’s possible to be creative anywhere—a park bench or in line—consistent creativity thrives in a dedicated space. This primes you to get into the right frame of mind as soon as you sit down. I have three: a secluded corner in a local library, a cozy coffee shop, and a home writing nook. Set aside a place where you do nothing but write, and you can jump-start your creativity.

What Time Is Good For You?

Perhaps more important than “where” is “when.” For me, it means getting up 45 minutes earlier to write a few paragraphs before work. Early mornings work for me because there are no distractions. Writers can be early birds, night owls, lunch-break scribblers, or mini-block writers. Track your time and energy to find what’s best for you—then block that time on your calendar for a writing appointment with yourself.

Add Interval Training To Your Writing

Some writers I know incorporate short sprints into their routine. Use a simple kitchen timer to force yourself to write nonstop for ten minutes. You’ll censor yourself less if you just write whatever comes naturally and edit later. It’s not about quality during these bursts—just let the words flow. You’ll have plenty of time to edit later.

Read If You’re Not Writing

Like many writers, I feel inspired when I’m reading. Instead of turning on the TV during writing breaks, read the work of others. The more “I wish I had written that” pieces you encounter, the better your work will be, and the more motivated you’ll feel. Other art forms like paintings, movies, and photography can also be inspiring. Soak up all the creativity you can when you’re not actively writing.

Don’t Break The Chain

Jerry Seinfeld’s method for success is simple yet effective. Each January, he hung a large calendar on his wall and drew a big red “X” for every day he wrote new material. As the chain of Xs grew, it became a visual motivator. The goal was to never break that chain.

Never Miss Twice

Give yourself a small cushion to stay successful. Let’s say you’ve got your routines and habits in place, but one day you just don’t feel like writing. Take the day off without guilt, but don’t skip two days in a row. Missing a session is inevitable, but the “never miss twice” mindset will help you get back on track.

Be Flexible

Your writing schedule might change. Life events will throw wrenches in your plans, but you can plan a new schedule. Once that’s done, stick to it.

Get your strategy together and get writing. Remember, November is NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — maybe a 30-day challenge is what you need to jump-start your writing efforts.

For more tips and insights, visit our website BookFuel and check out our YouTube channel. Happy writing!

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