Writing Tips, Part II: Time to Write

Time may be one of the most critical aspects of writing or becoming a writer. It probably is the most important aspect of life. However, in order to reach the goal of becoming an author, one should probably stick to a couple of rules.

One: write as the first thing you do in the morning. This tip belongs to several of the most successful writers, who know how hard it is to keep up with this. However, writing in the morning, as soon as you get out of bed, certainly is a good way to keep going. The earlier you get started, the easier it is to keep going. It does not even have to be a manuscript. It could also be a dream diary, as a way to keep track of all wonderful ideas that come to mind when sleeping. They may be crazy, but not all of them are worthless.

Two: write as often as possible. This is partially a follow-up on tip one, as writing in the morning surely helps with writing more often, but it entails something more. Write whatever comes to mind, whenever that is. Make sure to keep a notebook close, or whatever else you can use to quickly write down ideas. Especially when working on a manuscript, the more you write on a day, the sooner that first draft is done. It is the fun part, but also the difficult part. However, when the words have been written, it becomes much easier to see what should stay in there and what should be changed. Nothing can be analysed when looking at an empty sheet.

Three: editing takes times. Do not rush this aspect of creating a manuscript, because this is what determines the eventual quality of the work. Sure, it may sometimes be boring and it may be very tempting to just skip certain parts, but this is the moment to be careful. The words are there; now take the time to read them, to feel them, to analyse them. Editing is not an easy process, but in the end, it should be worth the time it takes.

Four: learning any profession takes time, and so does learning to write. Nobody can learn how to play the piano in only one day. In order to become a true author, one should write many manuscripts, each one slightly better than the one before it. This process cannot be rushed or forced. Taking writing classes might help, but in the end, it all depends on the willingness of the person to learn. Without failure, no one can ever get better. Time is needed to bring out the best of anyone. Just keep going on.

I may not be a professional author myself, but I do know these tips contain the truth. Not all are for everyone, as tip one may not be useful for night owls. However, the gist of the tips is what really matters. Keep writing and do not be disencouraged by the time it may take to become good at it.

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