Jumpstart Your Writing Practice

These are the steps I’ve followed to establish a sustainable writing schedule and set reasonable goals. Join me to start — or restart — your writing practice!

  1. Get rid of obstacles—where can you find space in your schedule?
  2. Make physical space for your work—books, drafts, etc.
  3. Set a realistic writing schedule
  4. Set completion goals and deadlines
  5. Keep an idea file
  6. Carry a notebook
  7. Read
  8. Invest in yourself — conferences, workshops, resource books
  9. Go to readings — listen to authors talk about their work and craft
  10. Find two good readers
  11. Work on more than one thing at a time
  12. Send your work out
    1. Deciding when it’s ready
    1. Deciding where to send it