What Gets You Ready to Write?

Some mornings I start my writing day off with a walk outside. Other days I start it off with caffeine. Today, I started it off with donuts. (Don't judge me!) I asked the Writer's Digest staff what they do to get ready to write. Here's our list (in no particular order) ...
Author:
Publish date:

Some mornings I start my writing day off with a walk outside. Other days I start it off with caffeine. Today, I started it off with donuts. (Don't judge me!) I asked the Writer's Digest staff what they do to get ready to write. Here's our list (in no particular order):

picture-prompt-donuts-featured
  • Caffeine
  • Clean up office/desk
  • Listen to music
  • Read good books
  • Read your own past writings to motivate
  • Run/Exercise
  • Turn off cell phone (& other distractions)
  • Find a quite workspace
  • Visualize your story in advance (while doing dishes or a chore)
  • Caffeine (I think you'll agree it deserves a second mention)

So there's our list But I want to know: What gets you ready to write? I want to know. Leave it in the comments section below or tweet me and include #ReadyToWrite @BrianKlems. On Monday I'll select one response at random from this post and one response at random on Twitter and send them each a copy of the September 2015 issue of Writer's Digest. It could be you! All you have to do is tell me what gets you #ReadyToWrite.

Christmas in July Sale: $25 Off $50 Purchase (July 24-26)

You know what else gets us ready to write? Resources on writing better and getting published. Now that we're less than 20 Fridays until Christmas, we thought we'd celebrate by offering up a deal to get you through (and until other stores start hanging the holiday decorations next month—and you know I'm only half kidding). Here are a few great items I can recommend that can help you build a set of resources to net you $25 Off:

wd_crimenovel-500

Write a Gripping Crime Novel That Sells (Premium Bundle)

Aside from having a great plot, the key to any successful crime novel is getting the details right. Here are 9 great crime-writing resources bundled together that will not only help your writing but will qualify you for the $25 off.

Order now and get $25 off!

wd_artcraftstorytellingpc-500

The Art & Craft of Storytelling (Premium Bundle)

When you write a book, you make a promise to your audience that you are going to tell them a riveting story that will capture their attention and make them happy they dedicated their time to reading it. Learn how to be an excellent storyteller by taking advantage of this collection of books, downloads and more. The bundle is already discounted, but order this weekend and get an additional $25 off on top of that discounted price.

Order now and get $25 off!

wd_getanagent-500

How to Get an Agent Collection

Landing a literary agent is one of the crucial steps in getting a book deal and (eventually) see it on the shelves at bookstores (and online, of course). Don't go it alone. Equip yourself with as much knowledge as you can before sending out your query letter to potential agents with this bundle of 7 resources. The webinars alone are worth more than the entire discounted price of this package of goods. And right now you can get an additional $25 off! Now's the time to act.

Order now and get $25 off!

Thanks for visiting The Writer's Dig blog. For more great writing advice, click here.

brian-klems-2013

Brian A. Klems is the editor of this blog, online editor of Writer's Digest and author of the popular gift bookOh Boy, You're Having a Girl: A Dad's Survival Guide to Raising Daughters.

Follow Brian on Twitter: @BrianKlems
Sign up for Brian's free Writer's Digest eNewsletter: WD Newsletter

Tags
terms:
Brian Klems
Kristin Beck: On Writing Quickly and Publishing Slowly

Kristin Beck: On Writing Quickly and Publishing Slowly

Debut novelist Kristin Beck shares what it was like to write her historical fiction novel Courage, My Love and why she was so thankful for a slow publishing process.

Whitney Hill Elemental

Whitney Hill: Self-Published E-Book Awards Winner

Whitney Hill, winner of the 8th Annual WD Self-Published E-Book Awards, talks fan fiction, creating her own stories, and why she chose to self-publish.

8 Tips to Build Your Supportive Writing Network

8 Tips to Build Your Supportive Writing Network

Writing can be a solitary activity ... but it doesn't have to be. Let author Gale Massey give you some tips for building a supportive writing network.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a "from where you're sitting" poem.

Tension in Poetry: The Hidden Art of Line-Writing

Tension in Poetry: The Hidden Art of Line-Writing

Writer and editor Matthew Daddona explains how to easily create tension in your poems and how that adds weight to your message.

Natalie Lund: On Grief and Unanswered Questions in YA Fiction

Natalie Lund: On Grief and Unanswered Questions in YA Fiction

YA author Natalie Lund shares how she handles the subject of death for a YA audience in her latest novel The Sky Above Us.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a Lucky and/or Unlucky poem.

What Is a Plotter in Writing?

What Is a Plotter in Writing?

The world of storytelling can be broken into many categories and sub-categories, but one division is between plotter and pantser. Learn what a plotter means in writing and how they differ from pantsers here.