Any writer, or artist, or director, for that matter, who wants to make the most of their time and milk all their creative juices at once needs to have the concentration that’s absent to most people. Creative work is exhausting, and it can drain even the most enthusiastic. And the road to doing your best work is filled with trials, and to survive; you’ll need to make concessions.
For writers specifically, writing is a thankless job. It’s subjective, opinionated, and unapologetic. The process of creating a work worthy of reading is a grueling one. And that’s for the beginner writers with wide-eyed enthusiasm. For people who’re in the business for a long time, getting inspiration – a true inspiration for that matter – can become the journey of their lifetime.
So if you’re a writer going through a rough patch in your creative work, taking the following advises to the heart may greatly help. There is wisdom in making yourself open to new things, as well as retrying old ones, and revisiting them with a renewed vigor. So here are the things you can do to make your latest work your best work:
Set aside a dedicated time to write.
Writing is a habit. Every writer knows that as a skill, writing needs to be trained every single day, so you get better with time. Like training in the gym, a writer needs to maintain his craft so that he/she builds strength, push their limits, and get new milestones. When you’re a writer who won’t write unless the inspiration strikes, you’re not writing seriously.
To ensure that you’re training your writing correctly, you need to set aside a time dedicated only for you to write. Do it every day. You don’t need to become productive at it all the time, but you do need to pressure yourself to turn in at least 350-500 words per day. For this, the Grammarly word count tool is the perfect companion.
Take a break.
Seriously, get off the chair or the bed you’re writing in. Stand up, go out, take deep breaths, sing a song. Forget your work for a while, or for quite some time, and only go back to it when you’re ready. Take the time out to entertain yourself and get out of your head for once.
If you can, take a vacation. When you’re truly refreshed, that’s when you get to your work again, and reread the whole thing, or continue working on it. Getting out of your system and out of your head can be very beneficial in recalibrating the quality of work that you’re doing.
Once you finish a draft, don’t just proofread, edit it to the best of your abilities. Writers are the most critical of their work, and trust us when we say editing your work like there’s no tomorrow is going to be one of the best choices you’ll do to your work.
Editing maniacally only means that you are ruthless with your draft – say you’re writing a novel, cutting down unnecessary plots, and intertwining timelines makes your flow more straightforward, and you’d be more readable for your audience. When you’re writing poetry, it means delving deep into your voice, rhyming, and timing.
Get over the work.
Once you have your draft done, take a look at it one last time and get over it. Disassociating is an excellent form of hyping your work up, to the point that you won’t take it seriously. Your job as a writer is now done, so let the literature speak for itself.
The most significant work of any writer is the work that he/she makes the best and most effort with. It’s not necessarily going to be the most beautiful or the most poetic, but it’s going to have hard work written all over it. And if that work’s going to be mass market, all the better.