Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized. “In both writing and sleeping,” Stephen King observed in his excellent meditation on the art of “creative sleep” and wakeful dreaming, “we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives.”
Over the years, in my endless fascination with daily routines, I found myself especially intrigued by successful writers’ sleep habits — after all, it’s been argued that “sleep is the best (and easiest) creative aphrodisiac” and science tells us that it impacts everything from our moods to our brain development to our every waking moment. I found myself wondering whether there might be a correlation between sleep habits and literary productivity.
The challenge, of course, is that data on each of these variables is hard to find, hard to quantify, or both. The Foolscap Method. Writing Wednesdays By Steven Pressfield | Published: July 3, 2013 On the theme of progressing from unpublishable to publishable (and taking off from Shawn’s Friday post, The Itch), I offer herewith a few words on a technique I call “the Foolscap Method.”
The Foolscap Method is a way to get a big project started—a novel, a Ph.D. dissertation, a new business. It’s a trick, but a very wise and astute one. Untitled. Author Andy Weir Shares Advice on How to Write More. You have ideas for stories, but when you launch your word processor, you stare helplessly at a blank page.
Every time you try to write, you end up spending the evening watching videos of cats on YouTube instead. Why is this happening? We’ve all been there. Here are a few things that might be getting in your way: (Do you need different agents if you write multiple genres?) Column by Andy Weir, who was first hired as a programmer for a national lab at age fifteen and has been engineering software ever since. 1: You don’t know which story to pick You don’t just have one idea, you have several. The problem with the above logic is that it leads to a stalemate. Solution: Write the first chapter of each story. 2: Stories are always more awesome in your head than they are on paper Your heroine, Susan, had neglectful and disinterested parents.
That’s the idea you had, anyway. “Susan first saw Joe at the diner. How to Finish What You Start: A Five-Step Plan for Writers. How to finish what you start Do you have a bunch of first chapters tucked away in a drawer – for seven different novels? Is there a folder full of abandoned short stories on your computer? Have you left a trail of abandoned blogs around the internet? Did your ebook fizzle out after a few pages? Most writers have been there … again, and again, and again. Maybe it’s the same for you. No-one’s going to buy a half-written novel. Here’s how: Step #1: Stop Starting New Projects. 5 Opportunities to Increase Your Writing Productivity (Without Actually Writing) In an ideal world, you’d have many more hours to dedicate to writing.
In reality, you carve out what meager “free time” you can, sacrificing things like sleep, a social life, exercise, a clean house, and quality time with friends and family. When your laundry pile resembles a laundry mountain and you haven’t hit the gym in a month, it’s hard to justify spending extra time working on something that doesn’t pay the bills (yet!). Until you can add hours to the day, what’s the solution? (Can writers query multiple agents at the same agency?) Guest column by Donna Gambale, Philadelphia-based YA writer andco-founder of the First Novels Club website. The key is in making the writing time you do have as productive as possible. Here’s how: Every day, there are numerous opportunities to brainstorm about your project to keep it fresh in your mind and allow you to progress more rapidly when you sit down to write. (How to Sell Pieces to Magazines and Newspapers.) Top 5 Brainstorming Opportunities 1. 2. How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day.
When I started writing The Spirit War (Eli novel #4), I had a bit of a problem.
I had a brand new baby and my life (like every new mother's life) was constantly on the verge of shambles. I paid for a sitter four times a week so I could get some writing time, and I guarded these hours like a mama bear guards her cubs - with ferocity and hiker-mauling violence. To keep my schedule and make my deadlines, I needed to write 4000 words during each of these carefully arranged sessions. I thought this would be simple. After all, before I quit my job to write full time I'd been writing 2k a day in the three hours before work. How to Write a Story a Week: A Day-by-Day Guide. As a fiction writer eager to improve my craft, I’ve long wanted to try out the story-a-week approach recommended to aspiring writers by Ray Bradbury.
After all, he said, it’s impossible to write fifty-two bad stories in a row. For years, developing my novel took precedent over short stories, as I tried to fit any writing in at all into my schedule around work, family and the rest of life. But then I started freelancing full-time, and I’m officially out of excuses—if I can’t manage to find time for short stories when I have total control over every aspect of my schedule, I’ll never do it.
So I started cranking them out this month… or at least trying to.