Need ideas on how to write better and produce more? Here are great tips from Lisa Tuttle. You can find out more about Lisa here: http://www.lisatuttle.com
Here’s a few tips that have helped me along the way:
Have a writing space. Doesn’t matter if it’s a a 20 x 30 fully furnished luxury office or a chair in the corner of the living room. Find a place where you are comfortable and can unleash your creativity. I have an office, but I prefer to write in a small recliner in the corner of our bedroom.
Know your creative time. Each person’s body works on a little different schedule. Some people are early birds (not me!) and some people are night owls. Pay attention to your personal body clock and find when you are at your best for writing. Try to arrange your schedule so that you can write during the best hour or two of your day. You’ll likely be more productive.
Set goals, make sacrifices, and earn rewards. Even if the goal is small, like 200 words a day, set some kind of goal. You can find time to work toward your goal by giving up time you currently spend doing something else, like watching tv, obsessive e-mailing
Cultivate a sense of urgency. There’s nothing like the prospect of a vacation to Hawaii and being forced to get reacquainted with your swim suit to get you dieting and exercising in a hurry. LOL. Same theory transfers into your writing life. Give yourself a deadline if you don’t have a publisher or agent holding one over your head. And make it a priority. It’s okay for your writing to be important to you. Too often we feel guilty putting anything else ahead of an activity that most of us consider “fun”! 🙂
Have an accountability partner. A crit partner and I used to exchange weekly goals lists, for writing and other aspects of our lives too. Then at the end of the week we had to answer to one another for how we spent our time. Not wanting to confess my failures was motivation to get my wheels in motion and get it done. We held each other to task and helped one another stay on track.
Bribe your kids to do the housework. 🙂 This is a personal favorite, and since they are the biggest distraction to my writing, I think it’s poetic justice. My house gets cleaned and the kids are occupied for an hour or two. I spend a little money on the deal, but the price is small compared to the satisfaction I get from writing (and not having to do the housework. Okay, so I’m not Martha Stewart. LOL)
Cook smart. I save time on cooking duty by making extra and freezing for a later day. If I make chili or beef stew or some pasta dishes, I know that the extra will freeze well and make a great microwave quick dinner on the day that I get carried away on the wings of a plot and completely space dinner. 🙂 Or I divvy the leftovers up into serving-size Ziploc containers and freeze. They make great, quick lunches for me when the kids are in school and I don’t want to take time to cook a gourmet meal for one. The crock pot is a life saver too. Just turn it on in the morning, dump in ingredients and dinner is served at 6.
Develop routines. I have learned a lot from the flylady. 🙂 http://www.flylady.net Getting my house organized, routines in place, and family trained has cut back on the amount of work that has to be done in a day. It’s worth the effort and she is really motivational.