How I Get Into The Writing Mindset

Hi guys! Today I’m going to be talking a little bit about how I gear up my brain for writing and get ready to write. For me, if I want to get a lot of words written I have to be ready to write.

The first thing I always do is re-read the last chapter that I wrote, or sometimes the last two chapters to re-orientate myself with the characters. If it’s been a while since I wrote I’ll read a little more than a chapter. I have to be really careful here not to get sucked into my own writing!

I’ve always been a list-maker a planner and a plotter. I have a binder full of notes, and I always make sure to flip through those before I begin, specifically my writing plan which I talked more about in my planning series (link).

For me, noise has never bothered me. Growing up with only access to a living room desktop and having two younger siblings, I’ve learned to write in the thick of things. Still, it’s easier to stay on track and pound out words when I’m in a quiet space. Clearing my desk- both physically and my Chromebook tabs- helps me stay on track and not get quite as distracted.

Ironically, I write more words when I don’t have the wifi on. I suspect it’s because I’m forced to focus- no Pinterest distractions here! It also helps to tuck away my phone/mute it. When I’m writing in a public place (such as the school or coffee shop) I play some music. For me, it’s always classical or I’ll get distracted by the words.

I hope that at least one of these tips was helpful for you and that you got something out of it! Don’t be afraid to ask questions in the comments, I’m always here to help. Next week I’m going to share a cover dump and talk a bit about graphic design!

As always, remember to like, comment, or share, whatever floats your boat! Until next time!