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By Danielle Marie Crume
You Know It
My treasured ideas for writers:
Writing is best when it is lived just as is any passion that we
feel in our heart. It is a lifestyle, a being. Become it through
To develop your writing and/or passion, first make your presence
with it a priority.
It is simple. Make time and space for it.
But reconsider which time and space works best.
Find the ideal pocket of time in your usual routine.
Whether you develop a little bit of it daily or focus on it once
every week, find the spot that is just right; one that flows with
Use this as a "rock" in your flow. Allow other things to move
around it; keep it your priority.
I prefer mornings when the energy is fresh and it is more likely to
be nice and quiet so that I can really be with my self and am not
as easily distracted.
Set up a space customized for developing your passion; one that is
attractive to you and draws you in. Place all the essential tools
customized for you and this project within easy reach. Make it so
that it prompts your creative flow and feels great to be in.
Visit it every day, a few times. Even if just for a check in. Allow
it to serve as a keystone to always keep you connected.
When you actually get into that pocket of space
and time in which you are really writing, keep these approaches in
mind. First tune into what type of mood you're in or what you're
feeling and identify which you'd like to do.
- Journaling/Creative: If you feel inspired and have
thoughts to spew, jot them down in a handwritten journal and allow
it to flow. Don't think twice about spelling errors or punctuation.
You can perfect it later. Just focus on getting to what you are
feeling and getting it out on the paper.
- Reviewing/Filling In: If you are not so inspired to
write about any particular thing, flip through some old notes. If
you don't have any now, you will have tons very soon if you really
like to write. Keep all notes you write randomly with any type of
inspiration in them and then reference them at these times. I have
folders full. You can fill in past things you've started or further
outline them. Take what you've written in the past a little
farther. Usually it brings me right into the flow.
- Editing/Refining: This is the final version of your
writing. Go through it all once again and see if anything else
arises to be added or if any parts are no longer needed. Make sure
that the overall structure is best and that it also flows
Your blog can serve as a great way to naturally prompt your writing
regularly. It also allows others to enjoy your writing as well.
Whatever your preference, collect your final drafts in one place
that is well organized and easily findable.
I would love to hear your tricks and tips. Leave a comment below.
Have fun writing.