If you’re always writing or at the very least, thinking about writing, then you’re most likely a writer. I’m a writer. Do you know how many times I had to tell myself that before actually writing a word or completing a project of words? I’m a writer and have chosen to incorporate this thing I love into my lifestyle much like eating and bathing. If eating and bathing require discipline, then so does writing. Let me share a few tips about the discipline of writing that every writer knows or should know. And these tips are in no particular order of importance.
- You will write, and write and re-write. Re-writing is essential and a part of the process of producing a really good work. It is a part of the discipline of writing.
- Study the mechanics of writing: grammar, punctuation and voice. If you take the time to understand these essentials, then you will be a disciplined writer who knows how to tell a story with grammar, punctuation and voice. [Here is an interesting post for review: Rules of Grammar and Punctuation in Dialogue Writing.]
- Setting aside time to write is a matter of discipline. Dedicating time to pursue anything of value is a matter of discipline; writing is no different. Daily or weekly is up to you, but you have to do it. Look for writers’ prompts online to jog your creativity.
- Studying the business of writing is a discipline few of us master but need. Read articles at Writer’s Digest online or simply search for articles on the Internet. Don’t wait until you have a finished project to understand the business.
- Take care of yourself. Self-care is important and should be regarded as a discipline. Exercise, eat well and right, and get rest.
This is a disciplined lifestyle. Are you up to it? If so, what are some of the disciplines you employ, please share?