Three writing Practices that I think are important for my writing progress.
Relax and Calm
I started working on The Smoke Writer in November, 2016. By the end of December same year, the final editing was completed. I did not planned or think about it much, but when the inspiration came, I knew what I was going to write. Once I started writing, the flow never stopped. Seemingly, I had developed the idea overnight, but that was not the case. Supposedly, we ought to search outside the box for knowledge. Yet, most writers refers to a box within. The mind is like an incubator, collecting and conceiving ideas from all our experiences. It is within our creative scope to then, to modify those ideas and create an enticing stories out of them.
Another helpful practice for me was, writing free of pressure. There was no deadline either. Creating fiction is my hobby, and writing The Smoke Writer, was no exception. Although it turned out to be a nice write up, that is according to the reviews it got. Besides, writing in an atmosphere devoid of stress helps to keep the mind sharp. Seriously, if you are digging couple of years back for inspiration, you need a sharp mind.
Another thing was the choice of words. Thanks to my editors, I had to do away with so many vocabularies. Fortunately, I already visualized the story. So replacing unfitting words was no big deal. Besides, with numerous online sources, it is now easier to learn, and correct not just grammatical errors, but also writing hints, and words that are suitable for any given scenario.
There is no better time to enjoy writing, so enjoy yourself if that what you do. My advice is to figure out what inspires you. Also to cultivate positive energy, bearing in mind your choice of words.
I hope you find these advice useful. If you are kind enough to drop us a comment that will be great. Also, check out my book on Amazon. It will be free for some time, and let me know what you think about it. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MU3LAGW