Productivity Tip: Find Your Routine

What’s one of the most important factors that influences what you write on any given day?

Answer: how you prepare for a writing session. Everything you do leading up to when you sit down for a few hours to write influences the kinds of things that appear on the page. Your routine is important not only because it helps cue mental associations with creativity, but also because it can affect the quality of your work.

What kind of habits and routines do you have in place, if any? Here are four tips for spicing up your writing routine:

Productivity Tip: Don’t Edit While You Write

When writing your first draft, do not edit while you write.

The first draft is your time to discover your plot, characters, and subplots. You should be flexible in this draft and be open to new changes. If you write and edit, you’re essentially second guessing yourself, which not only hinders the divergent thinking aspect of your creativity, but it also hurts your productivity.