Sitting there staring at your screen and the words just aren't flowing? Maybe you've written something but have more on your plate than you can handle at the moment. Perhaps you simply need to increase your writing productivity before going broke.
Creating an outline for each project helps get things in order. If you create your outlines effectively, all you need to do is fill in the blanks. For instance, create your title, intro, and subheadings ahead of time. You can even fill in the points you'd like to make in each section. Then, when you get ready to write, you just need to expand on those thoughts.
Because I write for a living, I can be very busy and doing several things all at once. I write for others, maintain several websites, do my own marketing, and more. It helps me keep all my tasks going when I can use two or three computers at once. This may sound silly. But if you have access to more than one computer, try it out. On days like this, I place the laptop and netbook side by side and if necessary, the desktop is nearby as well. This way, several documents and research pages can be open at once and I can go back and forth more quickly.
Creating lists of what needs to get done is very helpful in keeping yourself in check. Plus, it can give you a nice confidence boost when you can check off each thing as it's completed. I like to sticky the list right to the computer so that I have to see it all day. If I don't get it done, it is right there reminding me. If I do, it's the same, but a better feeling. Productivity increases when you are organized and feel good about yourself.
Do you write better at night? That's fine. Who says you need to work 9-5? You're a freelancer. Unless you have an immediate deadline, work at the time when you know you can focus best. Make sure those around you know that is your work time. Freelancing offers more flexibility but you still have to be serious about itif you want to increase productivity.
You can't very well increase your writing productivity by staring at the screen. Some days it's hard to get started. But if you just put your fingers to the keyboard and start writing, it will eventually come together. You're a writer. You can do it.
I love your list of ways freelancers can incrase writing productivity. You are an inspiration to me and I am sending this article to myself to keep at my fingertips. Hey...you might even be my online writing hero! High 5
Great helpful tips that I'll remember.
Good points and I will give them a try.
You have good advice for freelance writing. I applaud your abilities. I have all I can do with one computer so am amazed you can use more than one.I will apply your tips to my one computer.
Lynn, people with Fibromyalgia can hardly single task much less multi-task, but you've made a great list to benefit writers. (Did I say welcome earlier?)
LOL Great multitasking tips! H5!
Okay, I am tired just reading about about all that multi tasking!
Major multitasking but you're right.
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