Don’t give me that look, I’m not kidding you. As I oft say, it is an art – to be bored and still do nothing. Not many have mastered that art. They all opt for the easier way out – they do something about their boredom. As for me, I’ve taken to writing again (Thankfully?). My joining date at Deloitte is 21st of May; gives me 69 days (calculated by you-know-who) to wile away.
Just yesterday, I got introduced to 750words.com by Shalin. Barely had I started writing a few lines, did my first intruder of the day pop into my room. “What’s that?”, came the inevitable question. I put the concept of the website across to him – the website challenges you to write 750 words a day for a month. My seemingly clear explanation was met by a frown. “And what do you get if you complete the challenge?”
The right eyebrow went up faster than a cat on hot coals. “You believe in that shit?” I had no answer to that.
Writing, contrary to popular belief, is harder than it looks. There is a lot of talk about people being ‘spontaneous’ writers. But that is a load of crap. A writer, no matter how good he is, has to sweat it out.
I came across a nice few tips for writing:
1. Avoid distractions
Turn down the music, throw your roommate out of the room and lock the door if necessary. Also prefer a full screen text editor [Darkroom (Windows) and Textroom (Linux)].
2. Keep deadlines
No deadlines and you won’t get your work done. Writing can be both painfully dull and exhileratingly fun. You need to set a time limit for either.
3. Keep your eyes open and your mouth shut
Inspiration is not easy to come by. It’s best if you observe what is going on around you. Something or the other is bound to attract your attention.
4. No getting up
For every time you rise from your desk, the probabilty of you coming up with a quality article reduces. Breaks in between writing should be avoided – they hinder the flow. (Get your coffee to the table before you start writing)
5. Make it a habit
Schedule your writing to certain parts of the day (preferably the morning, when you aren’t tired) and avoid experimenting with text-editors, blogging services. Once you have settled down to a flow, it’s easier to get going.
6. Write your tagline first
Most writers have a line around which they decide to base their entire article. Type / write it out first. It helps keeping your head in the game.