FIVE TIPS TO MAKE YOUR
By Dawn Colclasure, writing as
Through a series of trial and error, most
established writers have developed a system for their workday. Some
get up an hour early to get more work done, while others work on a
tight schedule, starting and finishing at the same time every day.
Yet throwing in a few of the routines below may help
a writer earn more sales, get better reviews, and get more writing
TIP #1: Write a "to do" list.
used to think I was never one of those people needing a "to do" list
to get through my workday. But I have found that by filling out a
list of things to do for the day, I get more done and the temptation
to put things off for later is held at bay.
TIP #2: Give yourself
Don’t become bogged down on an article’s
trouble spots or struggle through a scene of your novel. If you have
get stuck in your work or need more information for your writing,
make a note of it (for tomorrow’s "to do" list, perhaps?) and get
back to it tomorrow.
TIP #3: Network.
Stay in touch
with other writers, editors and your readers to see what’s going on
with them or just to "talk shop." Join a writer’s group to connect
with other writers, sign up for a reading group on the Internet or
hang out at your local bookstore.
TIP #4: Always get a second (or third)
Exhaust the pages of your article or story with
several changing of hands to get as much feedback on it as possible.
No matter how perfect you think it is, your significant other,
teacher, therapist or Internet critique group may have an idea or
two to add, as well as suggestions for any revisions.
TIP #5: Keep promoting
Let other people know you are the person to
spotlight for that upcoming conference, that your book is the best
one to read on their topic or that you are the perfect writer for a
particular assignment. Writers need to have a big ego when it comes
to promoting themselves and think that they are the person for the
job, even if an editor or publisher ends up telling them that they
are not. Yet what harm is there in trying? The least you have done
is let others know how serious you are about your career.
Incorporate a tip or two into your writing workday
and see what assignments it gets you, what people say about your
latest work or how many copies of your book sells. A change of
routine often brings positive results and any writer willing to
succeed in their career may find the above tips just the change they