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Three (somewhat weird) writing tips that work for me...


I don't think I've changed my routine or thought process since the day I began writing all those years ago. First and foremost, my story is my dream, I think of it constantly from the moment I wake up in the morning until the moment I lose consciousness at night. I'm constantly thinking up new plots and characters, whatever it takes to keep my dream alive. I've thought up enough material to have three generations worth of history.

Here are some things that help me get motivated and keep the flow going:

Tip #1:


Like I said, my story is constantly on my mind. But here's what really helps me to visualize my characters, add details, and make up new plots: While walking to work, I put on my MP3 player, put on some music and right away my story comes alive in my head. I get right into it - making new scenes and revisiting existing ones, making sure my world continually grows and expands.

As I'm sure most writers do, I'm thinking about my story all the time, but doing it during my early morning walks works amazingly well for me. So don't discount the time you spend doing mundane things. For you it could be while you're vacuuming, or mowing the lawn, or even using your treadmill. You don't always have to have to stick to a specific writing hour scheduled into your day - use whatever opportunity you can over and above that, even if the "writing" is just in your head at the time.

Tip #2:


I mentioned I listen to music while I walk. I find this really, really helps boost my creativity, but it could also be the type of music I listen to that makes the difference. For me that's typically video game soundtracks or instrumental music. Some examples of games are "Stellaris" and "Valkyrie Profile" or even movies like "Blade Runner" and "Aliens". The Synthwave genre of music really has an impact on me as well. They usually conjure up all kinds of vivid imagery in my head.

I hardly ever listen to vocal material - I find it too distracting, but it could be that that's what works for you. By the way, there are some pretty cool soundtracks for focus and concentration on good ol' YouTube :)

On the other hand, sometimes I need to shut my brain down, just so I can just relax and think of nothing. For this, I watch Bob Ross videos. Watching him paint his "happy little trees" is so soothing. I also like ASMR soundtracks, although some of them are pretty bizarre, like haircut role-plays...can't say I'm proud to admit that - but they work!

Tip #3:


OK - this is not so weird. While you're writing, don't second guess yourself or backtrack to review what you did. Just keep writing until you can't write no more. You can always revisit it later. Oh, and I'm sure every writer needs this reminder (not!): it always pays to have some way to record that brilliant idea/dialogue/plot point that just occurred to you, whether it's a sticky note or a quick text entry into an electronic device, or a voice recording - make sure to note it somewhere. Sometimes great ideas come, and they're gone in a flash, so find a way to hold on to them.


Are there any tips you can recommend?

Is there any particular music that inspires you?

What helps you to relax?



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