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How to Build and Sustain Creativity as a Writer

Updated on November 5, 2017
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Rohan believes that writing, in order to be truly effective, must be a labor of love.

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John is a writer. He wants to write a bunch of bestsellers that will get him settled for life. He wants name and fame. He wants a connection with his as yet non-existent fanbase. At the same time, he constantly struggles with writer's block. Every time he sits at the computer to begin typing, something or the other ruins his focus.

Once he loses focus, he cannot produce any kind of content. He tries desperately to force himself to be creative, but his effort is futile.

Are you like John? Are you a writer who constantly struggles to create and maintain focus. Does writer's block always get the better of you?

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Writer's block can be incredibly frustrating. Thankfully, developing the right habits as a writer can help beat it.
Writer's block can be incredibly frustrating. Thankfully, developing the right habits as a writer can help beat it. | Source

Regardless of whether you are a novel, article, or web content writer, this article will help you achieve a flow state in which you will be confident and clinical in your writing.

What You Do Before You Write Matters

Many writers mistakenly think that the writing process begins with the actual writing or typing. Nothing could be further from the truth. Regardless of how much talent or creativity you have within, you will not able able to write much on a consistent basis if you don't begin with research. You can't just start writing, or typing, and hope that the words will flow. That will definitely not happen.

Your writing process will be quick if you spend a decent amount of time before beginning writing getting clear in your head about the logical connections in your article, novel, piece of content, etc.

The author highly recommends using mind maps as part of the research. There are plenty of free mind mapping apps and websites available that you can use.

The points in your mind map can be the paragraph headers of your article or the milestones in your story.

Your writing process will be quick if you spend a decent amount of time before beginning writing getting clear in your head about the logical connections in your article, novel, piece of content, etc.

Use a Note-Taking App

One can never predict when inspiration will strike. Unless you make note of your ideas, you will forget them. Using a note-taking app will help you document your ideas and use them when required or when your creativity is at a low ebb.

Taking notes as and when ideas arise is a surefire way to never be short of writing motivation.
Taking notes as and when ideas arise is a surefire way to never be short of writing motivation. | Source

The app yours truly uses is Google Keep. It is a free, no frills app from the Google stable that is available for Android and iOS and as a web app. Syncing across devices is a breeze with it.

Stress and Pressure are the Enemies of Creativity

You cannot hope to write much, or anything at all, if you are under stress or pressure. Worry sucks the life out of the creative process. How will someone who is preoccupied with what they have to do later in the day be able to give their writing effort the attention it deserves?

If you are incredibly stressed out or if you feel under pressure to deliver soon, take time off. Take as long as you want. The best way to tackle stress and pressure is to deal with them head on and confidently and casually bide our time till they fade away. Once this happens, creativity and a state of flow will come storming back!

Taking time off when stressed out is the right thing to do.
Taking time off when stressed out is the right thing to do. | Source

The best way to tackle stress and pressure is to deal with them head on and confidently and casually bide our time till they fade away. Once this happens, creativity and a state of flow will come storming back!

Formulate a System

Regimentation is not always bad. As a writer, set aside a particular time daily for writing. Set a certain number of hours or minutes during which you will give your writing efforts the undivided attention they deserve. Early in the morning is a particularly productive time when distractions are quite low. Fix a certain place where you will write. This should preferably be a quiet place where others won't distract you.

Importantly, Make it a point to write daily regardless of what your circumstances are.

Developing the Right Habits Takes Time

One usually never sees results immediately after beginning a new process. You will not beat writer's block on day 1 of following the points mentioned in this article. Not even on days 2, 3, or 4... But it will eventually happen. With time, you will notice your output increasing. When that happens, your confidence as a writer will increase, and you will begin to invest more energy in the process of your writing than in worrying about writer's block or a lack of creativity.

With time and effort, you will be able to develop habits that will make you a better and more efficient writer.
With time and effort, you will be able to develop habits that will make you a better and more efficient writer. | Source

BONUS: A Little-Known Method of Typing Quick

The hunt-and-peck method of typing is in which you use two fingers to type is cumbersome and inefficient. Your train of thought is affected often because you keep searching for alphabets and punctuation marks.

Learning touch-typing can be a good investment for a writer because it allows them to type from muscle memory without having to make a conscious effort to locate keys. This is an efficient and fast way to get words on to a document.

Learning touch-typing and developing a decent typing speed requires persistent effort over a month or two.

An easier option to type fast is to use a glide-typing keyboard on mobile. Glide typing involves swiping a finger over the mobile phone's glide-typing keyboard to create words. Gboard by Google is an excellent free option. Over time, it develops a vocabulary of the words you use. This further increases the typing speed. This article was typed on an iPhone 5S using the Gboard keyboard.

An easy option to type fast is to use a glide-typing keyboard on mobile.

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