Writing is darn near impossible to master, but there are methods to ease our editorial madness.
An infographic posted by GrammarCheck serves up eight helpful hints to aid copy-churning hustlers of every ilk and tribe.
The advice, which includes relevant quotes from Beethoven (the composer, not the lovable yet wildly insubordinate dog), Seth Godin and Shannon Hale, includes:
- When you get an idea, write it down. Scribble it down on paper, type it into your phone, scratch it onto papyrus, or carve it into stone, if you must. If you fail to write an idea down, it will be gone forever. As Ludwig van Beethoven reportedly said: “If I don’t write it down immediately, I forget it right away. If I put it into a sketchbook, I never forget it, and I never have to look it up again.”
Whenever you’re working on a moonlight sonata—or perhaps a midnight empanada—actively capture ideas whenever they emerge.
- Don’t edit while you write. This is painful for perfectionists, but it’s better to save the copy cleanup for later. Just type, baby. Let those words flow.
The infographic quotes author Shannon Hale: “I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”
- Phone a friend. Writer’s block is the pits. Sometimes, the best way to escape creativity doldrums is to start a conversation with another person. The more colorful characters you can call, the better.
- Avoid places with Wi-Fi. Procrastination kills productivity.
When you’re up against a deadline or having trouble getting it into gear, try going somewhere without easy internet access. Spare yourself the temptation of falling down an online rabbit hole.
Of course, there is no perfect editorial efficiency formula. There are also no perfect writers, but there are plenty of time-tested techniques that can streamline the writing process. Review the rest of the infographic below for more helpful tips.