I started this blog with the intention of writing helpful articles for authors who need writing/publishing advice! I’m fairly new to the business myself, but I’d love to share what I’ve learned!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
How To Focus On Writing
Sometimes writing can make us want to pull out all of our hair and slam
our head against the desk. After all, we spend hours a day with
fictional characters who have a lot of problems.
So how do we do it? Sit down, and write over 40,000 words for our
novels? Well, it isn’t easy. I say that from experience. However, here
are 3 tips that have helped me focus!
1. Instrumental music. I am a huge sucker for movie scores. I have
over 1000 in my iTunes library and I still want more. Not only does this
music help me focus, it helps me set a mood. If I’m writing an action
scene, I bring out the epic soundtrack. If I’m writing a death scene, I
may listen to some soft piano music. Either way, music helps me
concentrate, sets the mood, and it’s inspiring. Some composers I’d
recommend are, Two Steps From Hell, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer,
Thomas Newman, Abel Korzeniowski, and Steve Jablonsky to name a few.
2. A trip to Starbucks. Sometimes it is helpful to get away from your
screaming children/family to have some alone time. The change of scene
may even inspire you!
3. Act out the scene. Weird, I know, but it really does help get a flow
for the dialogue and your story. Plus you’re not going to just stand
around awkwardly, so it forces you to come up with things to say or do.
If you want to make it even more fun, have your family get in on it and
have them act out the sub-characters.
The fact that you’re reading this now, shows that your heart is in the right place. Now all you have to do is FOCUS!