Are you wondering how to write longer stories, or how to write more in general? Maybe you want to know how to write for long periods of time. If so, here’s my best advice!
I have been writing professionally for over three decades. My writing includes news stories, features, scripts, books, speeches and blogs. Plus I’m on my 10th book - 5fingers: freedom. But do you know what? Whilst writing is hugely enjoyable (if you are wired as a writer), it can also be real work! And that’s point one.
1. There are no short cuts! To write longer stories, chapters or for longer periods of time, you need to put in the hours. That takes hard work and persistence. Remember – you are a soldier – a soldier wielding a pen or a keyboard. Motivate and encourage yourself, run at the enemy and never give up. Ever.
2. Quantity leads to quality. I have written literally thousands of news stories and features, plus poems, blog posts and stories. That equates to hundreds of thousands of words. As a result, I’m a better writer today than I was 25 years ago, or 15 ago, or even last year. So, go for quantity, and go for quality!
3. Develop regular writing habits. Stop putting it off! You’re a writer, and a writer writes. Give yourself ten minutes each day to write a diary entry, a poem or a blog post. Or an hour to write fiction every three days. Put it in your diary. Protect the time. And, as you put in the hours regularly, you’ll reap the rewards without even realising it: higher-calibre writing. Longer pieces that flow out of you. Energy, capacity and stamina.
You are a writer. Now go and breathe new life into blank sheets of paper! JRx
Did you like today’s post? Please ‘Like’ it, Tweet it, and Like my Facebook Author Page! Thanks!
Joshua Raven, novelist. Read about my writing and my life here. And have you discovered 5fingers yet?