The Lazy Author’s Guide to Writing

The Lazy Author’s Guide to Writing
May 6, 2016 1 Comment For Authors, Writing Advice Stephanie Ayers

“But I just want to write!”

“Ugh. There aren’t enough hours in the day.”

“Blah. The blank page.”

And my favorite, “Oh man, I’m stuck. I don’t know where to go from here.”

I hear it every day all day (yes, from my own lips!). Here’s how I do it…

Just Write

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I can’t follow that whole “don’t edit, just write” thing. I have to, have to, fix those dang red squiggly lines. I have to make minor adjustments as I go, but I have learned to leave myself little comments when I notice something needs real work. I use Google Docs/Drive, so doing that makes it easy for me. Then,  I move on to the next paragraph, the next page, the next scene. So yeah, just write is right, but don’t let that whole brain dump thing ruin your mojo. At least use a separate document for that.

Oh…and keep a running “brain dump” going. There’s gold to be found within it.

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Read Out Loud

When I “finish” writing for the day, I always go back and read what I wrote. Then, I go back and read it again, this time out loud. It really helps me find those accidentally left out words or typos or even sentences that just don’t flow like they should. It also helps set the scene in my head and makes it easier for me to keep going later. This is usually when I do the “editing” (well, besides those evil squigglies).

Start the Next Scene

This is the key to everything, in my opinion. DO NOT walk away from your work until you’ve set yourself up for the next day.

Why is this important you ask?

If you are a lazy author like me, you may not return back to that story anytime soon. Those are the facts. Do you really want to lose your thought train?

If you set yourself up, no matter when you return, you’ll be able to continue on. This is huge. No writer’s block, no excuses, just fingers happily flying across the keyboard to fill the screen with the stuff in your head.

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And that’s what’s most important. How else would you quiet those voices in your head?

What do you do to keep your writing mojo going?


Stephanie Ayers A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.

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