Finding Your Perfect Writing Method

By Jennifer Blanchard

With so many different methods for getting writing done out there, it’s difficult to know which one will work best for you. That’s when experimenting becomes key to your success.

Here are five writing methods that I find to be the most effective for writers:

Once you have an idea of how these methods work, you can give them a try. I recommend a minimum of one week each, for experimentation purposes (although two weeks is probably better).

Here’s how you do the exercise:

  1. Choose a method. Let’s say this week you’re going to try the ‘focus on one project’ method.
  2. For one week (or two), test the method out whenever you have a writing session.
  3. Throughout the week, make notes on how your session went. Be sure to keep track of how much writing you were able to get done using the method.
  4. At the end of the week (or two weeks), review your notes and then answer the following questions:
  • What worked about this method?
  • What didn’t work?
  • What would’ve made it better?
  • Anything else you noticed about using this method?

Then the next week, you try the experiment over again with a different method.

Once you’ve tried all the methods listed here (and others that I didn’t mention), then you’ll have an idea of which method(s) helps you get the most writing done.

As a bonus, while you’re experimenting, you’re getting also writing done!

How have these methods worked for you? Do you have a method that works for you that’s not on this list? Please share in the comments.

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