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I'm new to this blog hop and crazy busy at this time but this is such an important topic I couldn't resist joining. We're all insecure at some point from newbies to bestselling authors. One issue that's been nagging me the last few weeks is the need to increase my productivity. I write every day so the problem isn't finding the time or discipline to write but getting more done in the time I'm at my computer.
It took some time to figure out why I wasn't finishing my WIP faster. For one, I'm a new author and still trying to formulate my work process which is no doubt second nature to a seasoned author. So...I started a list in progress of what to do and not to do when I'm writing my WIP. The tips below may or may not be helpful to you as we all write differently. Hopefully, you'll find some of them useful.
(remember this is a work in progress...as everything in life is!)
* Turn off the internal editor and just get the rough draft done.
* Stop trying to make the scenes "perfect" and just write.
* Every once in a while remember this... "You are way too hard on yourself! Have faith in your writing and quit being so damn critical!"
* On that note...give yourself permission to do one thing at a time. You don't have to multi-task every minute of the day.
* Don't worry too much about foreshadowing. It will click into place when you read through the rough draft. This goes for creating twists/surprises they will materialize as you go through the rough draft.
* Know your outline (if you outline!). Realize you will alter the outline at some point and it's okay to do it!
* Interview the characters if they feel distant.
* Go somewhere quiet, close your eyes and let the scenes play through your mind like a movie. (this helps me with my characters emotions and dialogue)
If you have tips please write them in your comment. I like hearing how others work!