Seven things every writer needs to do

Sometimes every little bit is needed to help spark the writing juices, from spicing up the routine to creating healthy additions. Here are seven tips to do just that and even improve your writing routine — some of these you might already do, but with luck a few of these might be of use to you. They are in no particular order.

Tip One: Carry A Notepad/Notebook

A concept art for my one fantasy novel located in one of my favorite sketchbooks. I use it to write down ideas in addition to sketching concept art. (Copyright Sarah Wright 2014: Do not redistribute)

A concept art for my one fantasy novel located in one of my favorite sketchbooks. I use it to write down ideas in addition to sketching concept art. (Copyright Sarah Wright 2014: Do not redistribute)

Now this is something that every writer should do, and most probably already do. I know I have tons of notebooks littered across my house and in several different bags. I use mine for quickly jotting down ideas, sketching concept art, outlining, or even writing out short scenes.

Put notepads in areas where you need them: on your night table, in your purse/briefcase/backpack/messenger bag, on your desk, or even by your porcelain throne. No matter where you place it, or whether it’s a lined notepad or a sketchpad, use your multiple notepads to jot down ideas on the fly or write short scenes as they come to you.

Not high-tech enough for you? Use a tape recorder or an app on your smartphone to record your thoughts: It’s the new notepad.

Tip Two: Skip The Unhealthy Drinks

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I swear by Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Chai; it perks me up like no tomorrow. (culinaryteas.com)

Before I start, I feel like I have to warn you, I’m a major lover of tea — if you hadn’t already gathered from the blog. I drink it everyday unsweetened, and for a while, I was only drinking tea, water, and lemonade — I’ve since fallen off that wagon … unfortunately.

Speaking as a fellow writer, who is constantly sitting while at work and at home, it is important to seek out healthier options than the normal can of pop or coffee/coffee drink that is laden with sugar, high corn fructose syrup, and other fattening additives. Tea, as long as you don’t doctor it up too much and get organic or loose leaf options, is extremely healthy; it can really clear up your mind and some types of tea actually have more caffeine than coffee. Of course, there are other healthy options out there; I’m just partial to tea! Do you have another favorite writing drink? Share it in the comment section! Continue reading

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