1. Just do it
Start by recording any ideas or thoughts you might have, whether it's pen to paper, or on your phone as a quick audio note; the important thing is that you write it all down so you can refer to it later.
2. Put it in your diary
To ensure you find time for your writing, block time out for it. Treat your writing like you were making plans with a friend, and give it the same respect. If something else comes up, do not reschedule this time it's this lack of prioritising that feeds the procrastination.
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3. Write imperfectly
One common hurdle for many is the fear of 'doing things badly', but it's letting go of the idea of perfection that'll allow your creativity to flow freely.
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4. Write what you know
The best novels are written with authenticity, so whether you're writing about crime, sex or science fiction, writing about what you're experienced in is likely to keep you on track. Ask yourself - what are you passionate about? What do you tend to read yourself?
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5. Read what you want to write about
To keep you in the zone, reading the works of authors you admire could be that extra dose of daily inspiration to keep up that motivation.
Whether you're into writing thrillers, plays or romances, immersing yourself with your chosen fiction will focus your mind, especially if you read with a critical mind.
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