We all have our good days and bad. The same is the case with writers – in fact, writers and other creative people sometimes tend to go through more bad days than good. While the notorious Writer’s Block can get more than just a little difficult at times, there are many more mental blocks that one has to constantly deal with, as a professional writer. Writing takes a lot of mental effort and energy, draining you out by the end of the day. However, there is a way to keep yourself and your approach to writing fresh and new each time you write. The trick is to avoid certain behavior patterns and emerge as a better, stronger, writer.
Listed below are some writing “traps” you will do best to avoid, as a writer:
The first and foremost challenge that writing throws at you is that of surpassing periods of intellectual lethargy. Writing on the same topic sometimes creates a kind of mental saturation, beyond which you cannot think or work efficiently.
As a writer, you will have to constantly drive yourself and conquer that temporary lethargy. Keep working at your projects, lay down clear deadlines for yourself and keep fulfilling those deadlines. Following a strict discipline will help you stay on track at all times.
When you keep on writing on your niche, it is only natural to develop a particular writing methodology and writing voice. However, this can sometimes get boring and staid, even for you.
Try out fresher and newer approaches to writing on the same subject. Train the mind to think out-of-the-box. In case you find yourself stuck with a particular idea, take a short break and do something else, such as going for a walk or swim. Then get back to the job when you feel more mentally relaxed.
Many newbie writers get into this field in the hopes of making a great deal of money. This usually happens with freelance writers, who are lured by the prospect of being self-employed and able to work from home. I have myself had people come up to me, showing interest in writing. The first question many ask me is about the money I make each month on writing!
Of course, money is important to all of us. And freelance writing has the potential to become a lucrative profession. However, it cannot be all about the money aspect at all times. Focusing merely on the business can be dangerous, as it can drive the creativity aspect right out of the window! Instead, adopt a balanced approach on writing; give it the hard work it deserves; let your passion for writing shine through; and the results will follow soon.
As a writer, the practice of reading is as important as the practice of writing everyday. Keeping up your reading habit helps you stay in touch with the current happenings in the writing industry. It educates you on the different ways writers use their words to pen down their works. Reading is also a fun way to gain knowledge on several aspects of grammar, sentence construction and styles of writing that you never learnt in school.
Get into a habit of regular reading. Closely observe how different writers approach their particular subject. Make a note of the words and phrases used by them. In case you do not know the meaning of a word or phrase, look up the dictionary or the Internet. Reading not only entertains you, but it also enriches your vocabulary and your command of the language.
Can you think of any other such traps to avoid as a writer? Do voice your opinion!