Write Less And Write Better

By Gina Parks

Every writer needs a little help with their writing from time to time. Every writer can improve their writing. Rather than writing more, if one truly wishes to improve their writing skills, they should write less and give more thought to their writing.

Many writers struggle with their early drafts simply because they have not allowed an idea enough time to simmer. In order to be a successful writer, you must have enough time to think of something, organize the thoughts in your head, and then allow yourself to draw from your creative vein.

It is probably easier to do this somewhere away from your usual work area and your computer. You can choose to sit alone at the park, engage in mindless activities such as doing household chores or working in the yard, or even go for a walk while you think. No matter what location you choose, it should allow you to think clearly, without worrying about being pressured by friends, family and co-workers.

Even if your life is very busy and hectic, you probably have a few moments each day that you can think in peace, and if writing is a priority for you, it would be wise to dedicate some of those moments to think about your writing. This way you will organize your thoughts, and you will also check off the list of chores that need to get done. Once you have focused your brain on your writing that you will see an increase in your productivity. Even if you won't spend a lot of time in front of your computer, you will write more, and the quality of your work will be improved.

If you are working on a project, your attention should be entirely focused on accomplishing your goal. If you are writing something short then focus first on the introduction, for example. If you are writing a novel or book then focus on one scene or section of a chapter. Create a movie in your head, and because it is your movie, do not overlook the sounds, smells, and textures that go along with it. Become the characters in your movie, and feel what they feel before you translate that image into words. Think of the images in your head and come up with words. Feel the rhythm of the words playing out and see if they dance smoothly. Does it match the "movie" you created?

The more you work these elements over in your head then the easier it will be when you sit back down to write. Your mind can help you create a written product that's more intriguing and easy to read and write. So, with just a little more time spent thinking, you too can write to succeed.

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