Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Writing Tip Wednesday--Writing Advice from Gina Drayer

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesday! Can you believe November is here already? I have lots of writing to do before year's end, and I think my guest Gina Drayer may be on to something. Her advice puts a new spin on how to accomplish a daily word count. Welcome, Gina!

The best advice I can give to new writers is: SCHEDULE TIME TO WRITE.

I’m not just talking about devoting time to your craft (which you should be doing). I mean, treat your writing like a job or a class. Have a set time every day that you write. It doesn’t have to be long. Even two hours once a day is enough to get started. But make that time and fiercely protect it. Let your family know. Tell your friends. Turn off the internet and silence your phone.

Why go through the bother of scheduling time? It’s a brain chemistry thing, kind of like having a set bedtime. When you have a ritual, something you do at a set time in a particular place, you mind gets ready.

By going through the motions, if you will, you are alerting your brain that “this is the time we get creative.” Instead of waiting for inspiration to strike, you can create a neurological trigger for “inspiration” with your own writing ritual.

And when you’re ready to write, magic happens.

It doesn’t happen overnight. You are effectively retraining your brain, so it takes time. But it’s worth it. So the best advice I can give to you is don’t just make time to write; schedule time to write. You’ll thank me later.

Gina Drayer is an avid reader, writer, and Ubergeek.

A proud Navy brat, Gina has lived all over the country, but now hangs her hat in Indiana with her family. Currently, she spends her days running the family's Home Health Agency and Women's Mastectomy Center and her nights creating fantastic characters and steamy contemporary romances.

The third book in her Modern Girl’s Guide series ( will be published in December.

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