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Finding Your Perfect Writing Method

by Jennifer on April 22, 2010

By Jennifer Blanchard

With so many different methods for getting writing done out there, it’s difficult to know which one will work best for you. That’s when experimenting becomes key to your success.

Here are five writing methods that I find to be the most effective for writers:

Once you have an idea of how these methods work, you can give them a try. I recommend a minimum of one week each, for experimentation purposes (although two weeks is probably better).

Here’s how you do the exercise:

  1. Choose a method. Let’s say this week you’re going to try the ‘focus on one project’ method.
  2. For one week (or two), test the method out whenever you have a writing session.
  3. Throughout the week, make notes on how your session went. Be sure to keep track of how much writing you were able to get done using the method.
  4. At the end of the week (or two weeks), review your notes and then answer the following questions:
  • What worked about this method?
  • What didn’t work?
  • What would’ve made it better?
  • Anything else you noticed about using this method?

Then the next week, you try the experiment over again with a different method.

Once you’ve tried all the methods listed here (and others that I didn’t mention), then you’ll have an idea of which method(s) helps you get the most writing done.

As a bonus, while you’re experimenting, you’re getting also writing done!

How have these methods worked for you? Do you have a method that works for you that’s not on this list? Please share in the comments.


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1 Aash April 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Hey, this is a very interesting blog!
Personally, I usually write whatever I feel like, never looking at the word limit. Since I intend to do short stories, I try to write them in one night, and then spend another night checking and editing them 😀 This seems to work best for me!

I hope you can take some time, and have a look at some of my work: http://www.a.literary.treat.co.nr/

2 Sandra S. Richardson April 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I don’t know that I’ll try all of these but a couple of them sound like a fit with me. Particularly, I want to try the “30 days to a Better Writer”. I will be modifying it though. When my husband is home, I try to stay off my computer and not work on my own stuff. His work takes him away and I hate to not spend what time he is home with him.

Also, I’m a firm believer in having at least one day off from one’s work.

That all said. starting Monday April 26 I will write every weekday other than when my husband is home during the week – and maybe occasionally then if he falls asleep on the couch. 😉

I will definitely aim for the blog posting and idea finding aspect of the “30 days” improvement method. I haven’t posted to my blog in months and months and I could use trying to train my brain for idea making and finding.

I’ll let you know how I do!

Sandra

3 Monica Rodriguez April 30, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I’d like to add that another question for me has always been whether my ideas flow better if I’m handwriting or typing. I’m always meaning to test out each method. This would be a great approaching to testing it. Now if I could just get around to doing it. These days I’d like to find some writing time, period.

4 Mary July 19, 2012 at 2:38 am

Interesting suggestions and well worth trying when you get a ‘writer’s block’ happening. I guess that’s why the hard slog of production is often compared to procreation. You hardly remember the agony once that literary baby has arrived. 🙂 Good post. PS, procrastination is my middle name.

5 Jennifer July 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Exactly! And no pain, no gain, right?

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