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This thing called free writing

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My weekdays often start early and at a fast pace.

This is normal because I have 4 people to take care of.

And when all of them have gone off to work and school I have the time to meditate, exercise, and prepare to write.

Now writing is one of those types of work that is easier said than done.

You need to get both your mind and heart ready for it.

If you’ll scour the web, you’ll find hundreds (maybe even thousands) of motivational and productivity tips for all kinds of writers.

I have created an eBook about it as well.

One of my top tips for getting the writing done is listening to concentration music.

And this has worked well even when my children are at home and I need to finish a piece.

However, listening to these instrumental songs don’t often trigger my desire to write.

It helps when I’m already writing.

And when you don’t “feel” you want to write, your mind will give in to distractions (read: procrastination).

This will cripple you and affect your schedule and output for the day or week, and for some, even for months.

If writing is your source of income then this is bad news.

Some top ways writers fend this off is by reading inspiring materials or by finding a new and relaxing workplace.

Though lately, I’ve been convinced that action leads to more action.

Here’s why:

A few months ago, jogging would get me going. After my morning jog, my energy would be so high, I can write immediately after it.

There were also days when I’ll be doing the laundry and writing at the same time.

I even finished a 2000+ word ebook on a laundry day!

But these past weeks, nothing was working for me.

I’ve even been holding off writing in my journal.

A writer I admire and a marketer I follow reminded me of that phrase and I believe it’s worth repeating so here it is again:

Action leads to more action.

With this in mind,  I thought of creating my journal on Scrivener, where all my client work is also compiled, instead of having it in a separate notebook.

Did it lead me to writing other pieces?

I’m happy to say it did.

I’ve been at it for 2 weeks now and I feel good about it.

The ideas are flowing again, I think my hands wouldn’t be able to catch up.

My process goes like this:

TODAY

First Writing process

 NEXT DAY

Writing Process 2

More free writing

Free writing is one of my go-to tactics now to kickstart my work.

Jory Mackay also wrote about free writing at Crew and he expounded on how to do it.

He allotted a big part of the post to show free writing’s notable effects on his output.

Maybe writing is really easy – when you write that ugly draft first that no one will ever see.

And when you keep in mind that writing and editing are 2 different things.

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