Joseph A. Pinto's Top Ten Things
to Establishing a Productive Writing Session
Writers are creatures of habit and routine. Ask any mom and dad and they'll tell you the same thing: the key to good parenting begins with one's approach in the household. Likewise, the key to a writer's success starts before a single letter is typed. With that in mind, I'd like to share my personal top ten list of things I do to set the tone for a productive writing session.
10. Mute the world
Mute the phone. Mute social media. I turn off the outside word so nothing intrudes on my writing time.
9. Clear my head
This might sound obvious to some, but it's so crucial. If I've had a bad day and fail to leave it outside my office door, my writing session is doomed before it can even begin.
8. Don't think about my writing
More specifically, don't think about what I'm writing until I actually start writing. It keeps me from psyching myself out.
This might seem in contradiction to #8, but for me, it's anything but. I see my stories as images rather than ideas, so gazing out my office window is essential to keeping my mind free flowing.
6. Burn incense
Yes, incense. Filling my office with a wonderful scent is like a massage for my mind. It works wonders for me.
5. Light candles
Much like incense, candlelight brings me to a place of stillness within myself. Combined with the great scent in my office, my mind is now ready to rock!
4. Be comfortable
I have a bad back and can't sit for long stretches at a time. My body will lock up before my mind does, so it's crucial that I get up to stretch every fifteen to twenty minutes. Everyone has limits; I have learned to deal with mine.
3. Crank some tunes
For me, playing music is key to my writing session. Music fuels my emotion, so I'll adjust my playlist based on the feeling of a particular story or scene. Without a doubt, writing to music makes a huge, positive difference for me.
2. Pour myself some wine
Wine and music go hand in hand for me. When the sun slips over the horizon and I'm settled in for the night, I pour a glass or two and get to my writing. It helps me unwind; plus it allows me an excuse for stocking up on some good vino.
1. Think of my daughter
The number one thing I do to establish a productive writing session is think about my daughter. It's pretty simple; if the hard work I put in now will allow and inspire her to a greater future, then I've achieved my ultimate goal as a writer. Success is not always measured by sales; it's often a legacy left behind for others. One look at her photograph on my desk, and I'm ready to roll.
Dusk and Summer
Joseph A. Pinto
Does Heaven await beneath the waves? One man needs to know.
When his dying father whispers a cryptic message to him, he has no choice but to summon his courage and begin the quest of a lifetime. It’s a race against time to realize his father’s wish and fulfill his own destiny; it’s a discovery of the unbreakable bond between father and son. It’s a journey of the heart that unfolds where only the Chosen exist – in the moments between Dusk and Summer.
"A poignant, metaphoric conversation between son and father. A story that will warm your heart."
--Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D., bestselling author of The Ditchdigger's Daughters
The author will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this book to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Joseph A. Pinto is the horror author of two published books and numerous short stories; he is a member of the Horror Writers Association as well the founder of Pen of the Damned, a collective of angst and horror driven writers. Indulge in his unique voice on his personal blog josephpinto.com and PenofTheDamned.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JosephAPinto. Joseph hails from New Jersey where he lives with his wife and young daughter.
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