Inspiration and ideas for writing are all around us… we just have to keep our eyes and ears open.
Understand what drives you to write, and you will glimpse the direction of the next stage of your writing journey.
(See Writing Exercise… Why Write? here)
Get to know the writer in you and you will increase your chances of success.
Call yourself a writer and you will act like a writer. Introduce yourself as a writer and others will respond to the writer in you.
An average of a page a day is a draft manuscript in a year.
Do something towards your writing every day. This may be as small as looking up something on the internet which will advance your research, or as big as writing the first draft of a chapter.
Date and sign everything you write – including ideas, fragments and planning notes.
Always have a notebook and pen/s handy to jot down ideas, make note of things you see or snippets of conversations you hear, and to record inspirational quotes.
Keep writing on your agenda – no matter what happens. Writing is as important as any other passion.