Hi! I’m a professional writer, and I’ve been studying it for uh…around 18 years? I’d like to give more detailed advice, but I should be going to bed, so here are some quick tips:
One. I’m gonna have to disagree with what seems to be the majority here. WRITE WHEN YOU ARE UNINSPIRED. Because you will never always be inspired. Make sure you pick a project you like and have inspiration for, yes, definitely, but don’t sit down and write only when you feel inspired. You will end up writing only once in a blue moon. This is one of the first tips top writers give. Writers write. Don’t wait around for inspiration or nothing will ever be done. And you can forget about completing a deadline!
This tip, really, is about setting a schedule to write, and sticking to that schedule. What works best for me won’t be what works best for you, but generally the idea is to set a goal and then DO. NOT. STOP. WRITING. until you meet that goal. Sometimes what come out will be terrible nonsense. Sometimes what comes out will be absolutely brilliant. You never know.
Set your own schedule. My friend Jill sets an hourly goal per month, because she has chronic illnesses and that works best for her. I prefer to set word count goals per day, because it’s way too easy to just sit there and stare at a blank page for an hour and then move on to something else. So, for example, my low goal is 500 words per day. If I have a lot of time, it’s 2000. Practice and see works best for you, but if you take writing seriously at all, definitely set some form of schedule, and stick to it. It’s hard at first, but eventually your brain will be trained to produce writing every day, inspiration or no.
Two. I recommend an outline, whole-heartedly. A detailed one. A lot of people pants it, but those are also the people who get stuck, or stop writing when they inevitably get bored (because every writer gets bored at some point). With a detailed outline you always know what comes next. If inspiration comes and you feel the need to deviate, go for it, but adjust your outline as needed. With a good plan, getting bored won’t matter. You will be able to continue your story until it’s fun again.
Three. Another good thing about an outline is that it means you can skip around. If you get bored with a scene, you can always skip ahead and write something that interests you, and then go back and fill in the blanks. I personally can’t write like this, but plenty of writers do. It’s all about finding a style that is comfortable for you.
Set a writing schedule or daily goal of some kind, and stick to it; inspiration is fickle, don’t depend on it.
Have a detailed outline so you don’t stall out.
If you get bored, skip to a scene that interests you more.
Hopefully I’ll be back to add more.