See the clock? it represents time passing.
It also relates to some creative writing tips beginners love to hear about.
Many beginners wonder, “Can I even get a writing project completed at all.”
Here are three tips that will help them (or you) to get that first book or project off to a good start.
Set Time Goals
Tip number 1 encourages you to decide to write for a specified amount of time.
You might want to write for five or ten minutes at a time. If you want to make sure you get a certain amount of words, set a timer. Then write. Force yourself to write.
Keep writing for the specified amount of time.
When you do this, you might end up being surprised at some unexpected ideas that come your way.
The other thing about having the time limit is that we respond to deadlines. Have you ever pulled an “all-nighter” when a certain project was due.
The key is to have a self-imposed deadline that is not as drastic as having to write all night long.
Just Get It Out There, To Begin With
Tip number 2 encourages you to get the rough draft of your project done before you do extensive editing. Just get the rough draft out there.
You can’t edit unless you have something to edit.
At the very beginning stage of your writing project, the goal is to get a certain amount of words on paper or in your word processor.
You can even write so fast that you just pass up many corrections. You might know that you have a mispelled word or two. When your timer goes off, you can do some cleaning up then, but this is not the time for extensive rewriting.
You will be quite encouraged when you actually have a project on paper.
The third tip will help you not to feel so bad about leaving some of your mistakes in your rough draft when you try to meet the time goals. That tip is: Get the rough draft done, and then edit later.
When you have a rough draft, you are ready to really get things in shape.
When you do it this way, what you have already done is not set in stone. You don’t have to have the pressure of having produced a perfect product. In fact, you know from the start that the first draft is going to be far from perfect. On the other hand, you will actually have something done.
Some people write a paragraph or a few paragraphs. Then they get in perfectionistic mode by editing, and editing, and editing. If they are not careful, the will be spending all their time getting a few pages perfect.
Most people will be a lot more productive by getting a first draft of their entire project done.
Then, they can begin the process of editing. It is also good to set time goals for editing sessions too.
You might want to edit a chapter one day, let it rest overnight, and do it again the next day. Each time, however, give yourself a specified amount of time to spend on the editing process.
We have looked at three tips for getting your writing project rolling.
Write in five or ten minute blocks of time. Make each session a deadline, and you will get the rough draft finished. Then you will know that you can write a book-length project.
Secondly, don’t be perfectionistic about the first draft. Just get it out there!
Finally, edit the project later. This is when you can make the book shine.
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