Everybody’s been there. It’s 11 o’clock on a Friday night, you realize that you haven’t done any writing all week. You glance at the clock, sigh, and reluctantly turn on your computer. It’s been a long week, and the weekend is shaping up to be just like it.
You’ve got about an hour before your brain needs to shut off, so you devote this small time to writing. But, since nothing is perfect, you can’t think of anything to write. Well, the good news is that you might not even have to write in order to make the most of this short hour.
There are multiple steps in the writing process. Writing is one of them, yes, but not the only one.
You could probably break down these generalized steps even more, but here’s a list of the basic writing process steps.
- Planning. Brainstorming. Thinking of what to write before you write it. It comes in many forms. For me, planning is on various pages of different notebooks. For others, it could be on whiteboards, or a word document.
- Writing. But we’ll skip the details of this step because who wants to talk about writing?
- Revising. Editing. Rereading what you’ve already got down can sometimes get you out of your writer’s funk. Or, it can get you ahead of the game when you finish your story.
- Publishing. Getting your story out into the world. You can research the pros and cons of self-publishing, or look into some publishing firms. If your story is near completion you can also look into some promotion ideas to get the hype going for your big release.
So, as you can see, there’s plenty of other things for you to do besides sitting blankly in front of a screen. Writing is almost never easy. So make the most of the one hour that you have and do some other activities that will help you the next time you have to write.
Be time efficient. If it doesn’t get done now, it will probably never get done.