Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #6

Thirteen Things I'm Doing to Amp Up My Writing Routine

1. The 14-Day Challenge to write something creative for at least 30 minutes every day.

2. Joining a Creative Nonfiction writing group that meets once a month in my area.

3. Sending in my dues for the local writer's association so that I can attend regular meetings and network with other writers.

4. Scheduling time for my writing each day so that I can't make excuses and procrastination doesn't take over.

5. Using prompts like Sunday Scribblings and First 50 Words to motivate me when my muse isn't talking to me.

6. Reading those writing magazines that are piling up in my magazine rack.

7. Doing more market research to find publications that will think my essays are worthy of their printed pages.

8. Stepping out of my comfort zone to promote my writing and editing services to anyone and everyone I come in contact with that might need them.

9. Pursuing a really exciting writing opportunity that might lead to a published book.

10. Surrounding myself with people, places and things that encourage and inspire me.

11. Stretching my imagination and pursuing every idea through at least a shitty first draft.

12. Talking to more writers and networking more.

13. Taking chances on myself. I'm contacting editors I've worked with in the past in hopes of getting future assignments, and I'm stepping up to challenges that I wouldn't normally take on for fear of not being good enough.

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Unknown said...

Keep working at those first drafts. Its amazing what they can become after many many revisions. My first week of work since December and I've managed to put a whole day aside yesterday for writing and I'm hoping for another one before next week.

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely no writer but this was a great list. Loved #11 LOL Happy 100th TT Celebration!

Chelle Y. said...

Boy, I wish I was a writer! I love to read so much, that it would actually be fun to write my own book!

I have no imagination!


Rebecca said...

You sound pretty ambitious :-)

Good luck & Happy TT13!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Awesome list; sounds like you have a plan. Sticking to it is always the hard part, I know.

You've got a lot of support on this here Internet. Take advantage of us fellow writers (even though I don't do a lot of nonfiction); we're all in this together.

Happy TT and nice to see you visit! I hope you'll come back!

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