An Effective Writing Plan

writing pad and pen

When I start a story, I always begin by putting my thoughts on paper. I find it to be more beneficial than to sit in front of a computer and start typing. I prefer doing it this way because 1) I’m getting my thoughts down before I forget (I hate to say it, but I get sidetracked a lot). 2) I’m able to set up a starting point and structure where I want my story to go. And, 3) I have a written plan that I can refer to which allows me to put out more work in the time I’ve allotted.

I do have one rule that I created for myself that has worked quite well, and that is never to stop writing mid chapter. When I’m on a roll words come effortlessly, so I always like to continue until I finish a section before I stop. From experience, I found it tedious to come back and try to recreate the flow that I had prior.

Everyone is different, so whatever works for you is what you should stick with to get the best quality use of your time. Do you have a system that you follow? If so, I would love to hear what you do.

R Lynn





6 thoughts on “An Effective Writing Plan

  1. Great post. I actually tried using a speech to text app on my ipad to see if saying what I was thinking was faster than typing… (I get side tracked too lol) I figured I could just talk outloud while driving etc. Too bad ideas have to strike in the craziest of places :). At least they strike!

    • Thank you for your kind comment. Yes ideas do strike at the craziest moments, LOL. I recently purchased some speech to text software for my computer, and I can’t wait to try it out. How do you like it for your ipad?

      • I have Dragon for ipad and its not terrible :). It has come a LONG way since I first used it on a computer about 12 years ago! Still need to put in time editing :). (and it needs internet which I was sad about so it doesn’t work in the car- no internet hook up for me 😉 ) What did you get?

      • I got Dragon Naturally Speaking. I probably won’t get to try it out until later in the week. Seems you need the internet for everything now a days. My cell phone has become my best friend because I use it as a hot spot for my Kindle when I’m away from home (doctor’s office, park, etc.) Isn’t it a shame how dependent you become on technology. Thanks for the info. though.

      • I have to imagine that the computer version is considerably more robust 🙂 Its been a long time since I used it (like 6 years) but i was always impressed at how awesome it was at picking up different accents and voices. The editing piece is important for that- so that it learns how you speak :). Good luck! I think it will be great for you.

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