Hello, all! Yes, today is April Fool’s Day, but I’m not much of a prankster, so don’t worry. I won’t force any mean jokes upon you.
Today I want to share some practical tips that I have for the preparation of writing. These are some things that I like to do before I start writing, so that you can pen your best!
Tip #1: Sit by a window.
I’ve found so much inspiration through windows, whether they overlook a wide field, a tall forest, or a busy city street. There’s always a story waiting to be inscribed through a window. It’s like looking at a moment in time through a frame.
Tip #2: Get something to drink.
I must always have a glass of ice water nearby when I write. It really helps me to concentrate on my writing. If you aren’t fond of water, you could drink tea, lemonade, or hot cocoa; whatever you like.
Tip #3: Get a snack.
Grab your favorite snack. You could just have a small dish filled with pumpkin seeds if you want. Popcorn, homemade cookies, crackers, or fruit are also good snack choices to eat while writing.
Tip #4: Listen to music.
Music is a great way to find inspiration to write. If you’re writing a fictional novel set in 19th century Ireland, listen to the music from that era. If you’re writing a story about the Great Depression, listen to music from the 1930s. Make your own playlist of songs you like. If you want to listen to a playlist already made, go check out my playlist on Spotify. Just type the words “Perfect Sounds for Writing” into the Spotify search box and click on the playlist by anneshirleyofgreengables. Yep, that’s me!
Tip #5: Consider a pen and notepad.
Sometimes, lugging around a computer and charging cord just isn’t practical. At times, it’s better if you use a physical pen and notepad. Especially if your story is at the early stages. Handwriting is usually slower than a computer, but it’s also a great way to get new inspiration, because on paper, you can also draw illustrations and diagrams along with the words.
Tip #6: Wear something comfy.
Comfy pants and a warm sweatshirt is one of the best outfits to write in because it’s so relaxing. You just don’t have to think about it. Wearing uncomfortable clothes can be a big distraction.
Tip #7: Set a timer.
Sometimes I write my best when I set a certain amount of time and try to write as much as I can before the time is up. It helps to look back and see how much you’ve accomplished in that small amount of time. Then, if you have more time to write, just set the timer again.
There you have it! Seven tips for writing preparation! Now go ye forth and write!