• Optimizing Your Writing Environment

    Optimizing Your Writing Environment

    Everybody has a certain way they like things. Drivers like their mirrors adjusted to a certain angle, music lovers like their headphones set to a certain volume, and I enjoy having things just right when I’m getting ready to write something. Optimizing your writing environment is as easy as thinking about what makes you comfortable and puts you in a good mood, and then making that a part of the place where you go to do your writing. Now, I know, some people have deadlines and they have to pump stuff out in the middle of nowhere on mobile devices… but that’s not usually how writing works.

    I don’t know about you, but I like having access to cold stuff to drink. That could be water, soda, or maybe something harder like beer, wine or even liquor. I find I’ve done some of my best writing after I’ve had a bit of alcohol and loosened up some. But it’s important not to drink too much as well. If you go and get drunk, you can’t share your message with your readers, and then your writing is a failure. Whatever you like to drink, make sure it is within reach before you start writing so you don’t have to leave the room to get it.

    I also enjoy a quiet place when I’m trying to think hard about a subject and write something. I don’t want interruptions, so I turn my phone off. Not silent so it vibrates, but off completely, so I don’t hear a thing if somebody calls. I understand this isn’t going to be viable for everyone reading this, but most people will be able to turn off their phone and get rid of a major annoyance when trying to write. Fewer distractions leave your mind free to focus on the task at hand.

    For me, a nice, bright room has always been a good thing. I can write during the day just fine unless there’s rain or things are overcast. But if that happens, or if we’re talking about later in the day, then it’s time to turn on the lights. I happen to use LED light bars because I can stick them on the walls and ceiling of my room and they don’t take up valuable desk space. You can read more about those at Light Bar Report. It has been an economical solution for me for a long time now, so I can’t help but recommend these lights.

    One of the worst distractions I’ve had to deal with is also one of the most common ones. It seems that right when I’m in the middle of writing, like I’ve gotten into my rhythm and everything is going great, suddenly I need to use the toilet. I don’t know what that’s about, but it happens to me sometimes. To stop that from being a problem, I like to hit the bathroom before I sit down to do any heavy writing. Then it doesn’t throw me off when I’ve hit my stride and I’m writing like crazy.

  • How to Start Writing Process

    How to Start Writing Process

    Writing is all about sharing information with other people. Unless you’re writing in a private journal or diary or something like that, but this isn’t private. Lately I’ve been thinking about the best ways to get into the right mood to start writing; you know, how to start the writing process. I have a few things I do when I want to write so I can maximize my output and do more. That’s important today because video media is getting more attention than ever. If you’re writing for other people then you need to write well and these are tips for doing that.

    Becoming better at writing is all about practice. It’s just like anything else. If you want to get better at something then you need to keep doing it until you learn it inside and out, until you’re confident in what you’re doing because you know what you’re doing. As a good exercise, I recommend looking up synonyms for words you already know. When you are writing for other people, you want to provide something without many repeated words. By knowing several different ways to say the same thing, you can keep readers interested in your message.

    It also helps to be interested in what you’re writing. This shouldn’t be too surprising, but writers tend to take a greater interest in those subjects that interest them the most, so they learn more about them and understand them better than most. I’m not saying I’m an expert on too many things, but I do like talking to people, so I’ve learned how to do that well. I’ve also found that writing things out beforehand and practicing speeches has made it easier to deliver those speeches in front of a crowd later. That’s one of the things I’m most grateful for learning from my one speech class.

    It’s not necessary to be interested in a subject to write about it though. If you are willing to take some time to create an outline before you start writing, you can organize your thoughts before you begin writing and make it easier to create the content without stumbling. I’ve found that picking out the points I want to make and then plotting points for them in sentences or paragraphs throughout a piece makes it easier for me to write. I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to say next because I already know what I’m going to say next.

    Once you start the writing process, you need to state your points plainly, so anyone reading can understand the information you are trying to pass along. If you are reporting on a topic, try not to include any bias in what you’re saying. Give people an objective view of the situation you’re trying to tell them about and be honest. If you are trying to argue a particular point, it might be better to make your speech more aggressive. This goes back to writing about things that interest you – people usually make better arguments for things they genuinely understand and really want.

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  • Practical Ways to Become a Better Writer

    Practical Ways to Become a Better Writer

    If you’re looking for practical ways into becoming a better writer, then I’ve got just the post for you. Lately I’ve been thinking about more specific tips about how somebody could write better about any given subject, and a few things have come to mind. There are definitely steps you can take to become a better writer and I’m going to outline some of them here, but one or two of them will probably seem obvious to most readers. That’s ok with me – it means I can still give most people one or two things to think about.

    My first and best tip is also the one that will take the most time and effort to reap rewards from. I recommend you seek out the works of great writers from our past and read through them for yourself. Don’t just limit yourself to one age or country either; read books from all over the world, from authors of many different backgrounds. If you were to focus on American writers alone, you would never discover Franz Kafka. If you were to focus on German writers alone, you would never discover George Orwell. Read, I say! And read a lot. I try to manage a few pages of something every trip to the bathroom.

    Expanding your knowledge base like this will teach you about perspectives from all around the world. It can give you insights into times and places that are long in our past. This is one of the reasons I am a huge history buff, and that’s my next tip, or suggestion really. Study your history. There is a lot that every writer can learn by just looking at the history of the world surrounding them. World history is a broader subject that’s also worth studying, but understanding where you come from is important to understand where you’re going if you ask me.

    Maybe you’re not writing a blog post or educational article or report at all. I know a lot of writing is about entertainment too. If that’s what you’re doing, then you’ll want to write out character bios, scenes, events and interactions beforehand. Plot things out ahead of time. I already mentioned that above, but this is especially important to people writing for entertainment purposes. Your jokes will need to be good and relevant to get laughs from your audience, and that’s just one example of how planning ahead like this can help.

    My last practical way to become a better writer would have to be to accept the fact you can write badly. I write badly all the time. I don’t usually send out first drafts of my work; usually I’ve read over an article several times, made some edits and revisions, changed some words around and rewritten entire sentences before I post something. If you want to become a great writer, accept that you can also be a bad writer, then write and be willing to look over what you’ve written and make the necessary corrections. Regular revisions will make your work better overall as you avoid mistakes in the future.

  • Positive Benefits of Writing

    Positive Benefits of WritingI know that writing has some specific benefits for me, and I don’t want to act like it works the same for everyone who does it, but I also know I can outline some positive benefits of writing without excluding too many people. Some of these are so simple that everyone will understand them: a great example is writing down a recipe for preparing food so you can make the same meal again later. It’s such a commonsense idea that many people don’t think of it when wondering about benefits of writing, but that’s just the first example I have of many.

    One of the greatest benefits of writing for me has always been creating physical records of events that I can use to look stuff up later. I’m talking about accounting for one – keeping track of the money I make and how I make it, the money I spend and how I spend it. It’s a great way to look at wasteful things I’m dumping money into and cut them out, as well as look at the things I’m doing that are making me the most money so I can keep doing them. I think everyone should write out their finances in some way, maybe in a spreadsheet or text document if words work better for you.

    There are other benefits to writing too. It’s not something I tell too many of my friends about, but I like to write up character evaluations of the people I meet. Those used to be very popular in China during the late Han period, around 190 AD. I find they are very useful for pointing out the good and bad things I see in people before I get to know them too well and my judgments get muddied up by friendship. I hate to admit it, but I’m human too, and knowing people for a long time makes me tend to side with them.

    I’ve found that writing often helps one to be a better writer, just like practicing anything else tends to make a person better at doing that thing. But unlike most activities, being a better writer also makes a person better at communicating verbally with people. A better understanding of words, proper speech and the language being spoken makes it much easier for a writer to speak the language well. This benefit may take some time to become apparent for those just learning a new language, but writing the words will absolutely help you speak the words better.

    To be honest, much of the writing I’ve done has been to express gratitude to people. To interviewers for seeing me about a job I wanted, or employers for finally picking me to fill those jobs. I’ve thanked many people in my life for the good things they’ve done for me, and I’ve found that one great benefit of writing is that I can thank those people in an effective way. If you want to tell someone you appreciate what they’ve done for you, don’t just buy a card from a store. You can make a powerful, personal statement with your own words.

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