Apart from a source of funds, writers require time, attention and energy to create. Learn how to maximize these resources to increase productivity.
Writers’s complaints, along with the fact that they are always underpaid for the amount of work they do, usually surround three scarce resources:
Making a regular, consistent space for writing, focusing on the task at hand and maintaining the stamina to do so are vital necessities for anyone who wants to accomplish anything with their writing. Looking at how one can maximize the potential of all three resources is crucial if one is serious about productivity and goals as an author.
Living in a busy, hectic and noisy world that makes so many demands on the brief hours in a day leaves many writers frustrated. It often seems that between making a living and taking care of a household, relationship, children, animals or other responsibilities, writers have to struggle more and more to carve out a small space for their art.
However, if one is meant to be a writer, one will make that time. Whether it means cutting back on work hours or delegating duties to others, the time can be found. The most important thing is to start small. Get up earlier or stay awake later, even if it’s just for a half hour of writing. Write on a daily basis. Writing projects can be accomplished in increments of time; they don’t always require a marathon at the desk.
In this frenzied society, individuals are faced with multiple distractions. Whether it’s the incessant advertising, the endless television and computer programs, or the growing lists of things one must do to stay slim, save the environment or maintain one’s relationship, they can all overwhelm the writer’s ability to work.
Focus is essential to accomplish anything in life and writing especially. One can only think and compose effectively in a pared-down environment, preferably a quiet one. Take the phone off the hook. Write with a pen and paper rather than on the computer, at least for the first draft. Meditate. Compose in a space that is clean, uncluttered and attends visually to the task at hand.
Writing, like anything that involves thought, planning, focus and imagination, is tiring. One’s daily activities often leave one feeling drained and lacking in motivation. Writing, on top of these demands, can often seem like an impossible extra expenditure. While one’s energy for writing will rise and fall, a daily writing practice, as with any routine, will better enable the flow required to sustain the projects or books. The mind and body begin to anticipate writing at a certain time, storing the energy needed for such a regular practice.
Additionally, aim for sufficient sleep. An overtired mind can’t produce effectively. Eat well, in small amounts. Drink a lot of water. Don’t overdo coffee or alcohol consumption. Take vitamins. Exercise in between writing sessions to boost mental processes. It is possible to find the time, attention and energy to write. It just isn’t always easy. But writers like challenges, don’t they?