Be prepared with tools of the trade,
- I filled up my writer’s bag with multiple pens in different colors for various needs, highlighters, paper, and assured I had a mobile device for research, writing, or editing.
- You may also want to have within arm’s reach a thesaurus, dictionary, grammar rules, styles guides, coffee mug.
- I transferred my document files to a shared location in the cloud so, no matter what device I used or where I was, I could access my files.
Be prepared with access to paper documents,
- In addition to always having paper near me (a folder with my manuscript and notes or a small moleskin notebook), I also keep my ipad close and make sure to have a power charger and a separate keyboard for faster typing.
Be prepared with a strong outline,
- I’m not a pantser, and having an outline helps to keep my writing on track and decreases any writers block that begins to form. You don’t need a thousand-page outline here, just having a sentence or idea for each chapter or scene can eliminate the need to stop writing for research.
Be prepared with motivational materials,
- Sometimes the hardest part of writing it is being motivated to just do it. With that said, surrounding yourself with items that encourage you can be a great benefit. Review this list if you need some additional inspirational tchotchkes:
Be prepared to do nothing,
- One way succeed is by doing nothing! Take time to relax and just let your mind wander through the storyline with your characters. Thinking of ‘what if’ scenarios is a great way to discover new plots and twists.
Be prepared to be flexible and react at a moment’s notice,
- Small pockets of time may present themselves spontaneously, such as laying on the couch waiting for others to get ready for dinner. In these situations, see how much work you can complete in the few minutes available. I’ve been able to get over hurdles, create new lines, or hammer out hundreds of words while waiting for someone or something.
Be prepared for inspiration,
- Pay attention to your surroundings and listening to your muse. Be open to inspiration, motivation, and creativity all around you.
The next time you are headed away from your normal writing environment or process, take time and PREPARE to write so that if your muse is anxious you can take advantage of the creative spark and advance your work.
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Richard E Todd, author of The Golf Rules series, Short Stories from the Long Links, and other titles has been heard on the PGA Tour radio station and seen in On The Green magazine. Contact him at Richard@AuthorRichardETodd.com and follow him on social media and at www.AuthorRichardETodd.com ✍ and www.TheGolfRules.com.