If you Google advice for writers, you will most likely come up with a few common suggestions. Many experienced writers and published authors say the best advice for an aspiring writer is to ‘just write‘, which makes total sense. Duh!
But it’s not as easy as that. And ask any writer and they will tell you such. In fact, I would even go as far as suggesting that procrastination would top the list for many writers as their biggest roadblock to writing. Which, when you think about it, makes no sense at all.
I’m the same. Been there done that. Continue to do that. But the big difference between published authors and unpublished authors, (besides the obvious), is that published authors move past their procrastination more often than unpublished authors.
There comes a point where you need to kick that procrastination to the curb and just sit down and bloody write!
No waiting for the muse to arrive.
No blissful staring out the window waiting for inspiration to hit you.
No putting it of until you have done all the housework, the kids are preoccupied or asleep and the phone disconnected.
So how do you do it? How do you just write?
Writing every day is pretty easy for me in a sense, as I write for a living. And if I’m not writing a website, or an article, I’ll be writing a blog post. But, making the space for creative writing is just as important for me.
With draft five of my current manuscript simmering in the bottom draw for a month, I’ve been working on MS two a little, and even revisiting another one of my works in progress. Both which have been fun. However, there are days where I’m not in the space to write on any of them. But, I know how important it is to write every day, so I make myself.
How to write everyday using Writing Prompts
Recently, I’ve been using writing prompts to start my day. After my early morning rise to workout, I will sit down for ten minutes and free-write using a writing prompt. And I’ve been enjoying it so, so much!
I’ve been using Vanessa Carnevale’s Mindful Writing Prompts. Vanessa regularly posts writing prompts on her Instagram account and she also recently sent out her list of 100 mindful writing prompts to her subscribers.
Each morning I’ll sit down at the computer, open a new word document, read the day’s prompt, set the timer on my iphone and write. I’ve been amazed how easy the words have flowed. I consistently get over 500 words and it is a great way to use my imagination and also the depths of my inner thoughts to create something mindfully.
Another great source of imaginative writing prompts that will get your creative juices flowing can be found over at ThinkWritten with 365 Creative Writing Prompts. There are some beauties here!
And even though I’ve only just begun incorporating writing prompts into my morning regime, I can already see the difference.
My mind is free and open to new ideas, my imagination has a new spark and I have a renewed sense of creativity. I really do.
So if you’re struggling with procrastination, or need a kick-up-the-you-know-what to get your creativity back on track, then you need writing prompts.
I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first. I even procrastinated about using writing prompts. True story! But now, I can see how much potential they have to make me a better writer and keep that fire of imagination burning.
Even if you aren’t a writer, it’s a fun exercise to open your mind, and it’s great for bloggers too.
Ten minutes a day is all it takes. So go do it.
Does procrastination visit you too often? How do you kick it?
And have you used writing prompts?