Writing is a passion for millions of people. The internet, blogs, and self-publishing platforms have created a platform for everyone with an interest in writing as self-expression. But, for many, the challenge lies in finding time to write. People are busy. They have families and day jobs and other time commitments. Their dreams of being a writer may forever go unfulfilled. But, there is no reason to pine away wishing you were a writer. You can write and you can make the time to write. Here are some ways to become more productive as a writer:
1. Create an Idea List. You should always have a list of article, story, or chapter ideas. Whenever you get a new idea for something to write, add it to the list. By having a handy list of things to write about, when you do have a moment to write, you will be ready to pound out some prose.
2. Write in Snippets of Time. Make maximim use of a your available time. When you are standing in line, waiting to pick someone up, or waiting in a doctors office, you should be writing. Waiting equals writing.
3. Have a Portable Device. If you are going to write in snippets of available time, you need a device that is instantly available when you have that spare moment. For some writers a pad and pen may suffice. If you like the feel of a full-sized keyboard an Alphasmart Word Processor is great. However, I find that I am most productive with a small form factor tablet computer. I use the Nook Color and Fliq Notes for much of my writing.
4. Target a Mix of Article Lengths. When you make the most out of every available moment, it helps to have multiple targets for your writing. Then, depending on the amount of time you have, you can write towards an attainable goal like a bumper sticker slogan, a blog entry, a magazine article, or a book chapter.
5. Write What You Know. My eleventh grade English teacher once advised our class to write what we know. When your writing is based on your own experiences, it cuts research time considerably. For example, when you buy a consumer product, you can easily write a review because you own the product yourself. Similarly, when you write about a place where you’ve actually lived, you’ll have the background to write authoritatively.
6. Put a Tape Recorder in Your Car. Writing is the act of documenting the words in your mind. If you can safely do so, you can activate a tape recorder and compose an article or book chapter as you drive on a long trip or on a predictable commute. Just the ideas recorded and type them up later. It’s an easy way to make productive use of otherwise wasted time. But, always remember that driving is the most important task at hand in the car. I don’t believe in driving and texting. If you can’t speak and drive, just focus on the road.
Each of these ideas have helped me become much more productive as a writer and blogger. There’s no excuse not to get your ideas down and get your ideas published. All you need is a spare moment and something to write with!