It’s great to have the ability to write but having that ability and actually being able to sit down and do something about are really two completely different things. There is nothing more useless than a great writer with nothing to write about. It’s sad but true and it happens to even the great ones. To be able to write is truly a gift but it is not one that can be turned on and off at the tap. It is something that you have to work at, and something that you can help yourself with by following a few simple rules. Here are a few of them:
Be Disciplined: An essential thing for any writer is for you to have some discipline. This means designating a certain amount of time each day to your craft. It doesn’t even matter whether the creative juices are flowing or not, you just need to be there sat down at your desk and actively thinking about what you want to do with your writing. Hopefully the words will just come flowing through you but don’t get downhearted if they don’t. By following a routine you will get in the habit of writing and you will find it much easier to get into your work each day. Following a routine doesn’t mean that you can’t then work outside of that time period if the ideas just don’t stop coming. Lucky you!
Create a Comfortable Work Environment: It is impossible to work in a place that is not comfortable and peaceful. All good freelance writers will always find a place where they can get away from it all. Designate a room in your house which is the space where you work. Decorate it in an attractive, relaxing way. Put some nice prints up on the walls, but a nice soft chair, put some candles in there. Do everything that you can to make this place special.
Buy Special Equipment: You need to make the act of writing something personal and which you can take ownership of. Find the kind of pen that is right for you and spend a little bit of money on a nice writing pad. You need to make this process as special as possible. This is not just something that you do to pass a little bit of time; this is your life. Take the little things seriously and you will soon start to take yourself serious as an accomplished writer.
Don’t Give Up: This is not something that will one day simply click into place. Even the greatest freelance writers suffer from long periods where they are blocked and can think of nothing new to write. A good writer should never be too hard on themselves. One bright day it is possible that everything will magically fall into place but you cannot enter into this thinking that this is what will automatically happen. Nothing is really taught here; there are no secret revision books that will one day make everything easy to remember and do. There will instead be many many hours spent suffering and cursing, but if you can get through all of this, and you can, there will be some beautiful moments too…