Finding When and Where Suits You for Writing

by Paul Docherty - Date: 2006-12-27 - Word Count: 331 Share This!

One of the first things you should establish is when is the right time to write. This will be peculiar to you as everyone is different. Many people find that they are more productive, more imaginative or more motivated at certain times of the day or week.

Make sure you look at your day and be aware of when these times are for you. It could be the morning, or it could be late at night. Whichever it is, you will need to harness your preference and make use of the most productive times if you are to succeed. This is particularly important for creative writing, but less so for technical writing, for example.

Although you will want to harness your productivity and creativity, it is important that you set achievable goals for yourself. You should understand your own writing output potential. Expecting to write huge amounts of text and then only succeeding in lesser amounts will serve only to demotivate you. Understand your own capacity to write and you will be able to control your output. Remember, for many people, output and quality may be dependent upon each other. Increasing quantity can sometimes come at the expense of the quality of your writing.

Of equal importance for many people, is where to do your writing. The environment you are in may significantly affect the amount of, and quality of, your writing. Ensure that the environment you choose allows you to concentrate and free your mind. If you are heavily distracted or in the wrong atmosphere, you will find writing more difficult and less enjoyable.

The environment you prefer may differ depending upon the type of writing. For example you may need somewhere quiet and inspiring for creative writing, whereas technical writing generally requires an office environment with space to lay out documentation and drawings; less conducive to relaxation. Make sure you set yourself up somewhere comfortable, with as few distractions as possible. Don't get too comfortable though: you still want to work, not sleep!

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Paul Docherty has over 13 years experience of technical and business related writing, as well project managing complex technical writing projects. More free practical tips for writing can be seen at

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