Here I am, you see, already barely making the once-a-week thing. *sighs*
Recently I’ve been busy (and a little unmotivated, as well), so much so that I haven’t been getting what you’d call substantial amounts of writing done.
Amount of Writing I Scored Last Week:
….Maybe if you collected it all it would fill two pages. Maybe. More or slightly less. Heh.
It takes insane amounts of self-control (and motivation, of course) to write. To refrain from checking when emails come in. Or taking a “quick break” to look over your inspiration boards on Pinterest. You’ll end up realizing you’ve wasted an hour in no time at all. Well, actually in an hour.
So, how to improve [and use wisely] your writing time? Here are a few ways:
- Let everyone know you’re having writing time and ask not to be disturbed. This will ensure peace and quiet. Now to utilize this peace and quiet.
- NO social media. At all. None.
- Set yourself a specific goal. Fifteen to twenty minutes is a good goal, and relatively easy to achieve. If you’re one of those phenomenal intensive writers, an hour or more. And the lower you set the bar, the easier it will be to transcend. *smirks conspiratorially*
- Turn of message notifications so the temptation isn’t even a problem.
- NO self-deprecation. Yes, your writing probably does stink. Get over it. Just push through your insecurities and WRITE YOUR GARBAGE.
“If I waited for perfection I would never write a word.” – Margaret Atwood
- I would say “Don’t stop to edit, correct your spelling/grammar, or to search the thesaurus for the perfect word; just mark the spot and come back later.” But that would be hypocritical. :D
- Have a snack on hand so you won’t have to get up when hunger strikes. Preferably something sweet. Like chocolate. Very much like chocolate.
- Breathe deeply.
- Listen to inspiring music. I love listening to sad/moody/dark/beautiful pieces that fuel strong emotions and make me want to cry…. Yes. Weird. It improves my writing, okay?
- No breaks. Unless under specified circumstances:
- The house is on fire
- Space aliens invade
- Your brain is about to EXPLODE
If scenarios #1 or #2 qualify, immediately flee the house. If you’re experiencing scenario #3, congratulations. You’ve gotten some good writing/brainstorming/plotting done. That’s why you’re in such pain. Or else you’ve been sitting staring blankly at the computer screen for so long there’s been a system fail.
There we are. Another list. (Have I mentioned I love lists? Especially bullet-pointed lists.) Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
Thanks for reading! If there’s anything you’d suggest to make writing time more productive, comment! I’d love to hear from you.