It’s that time . . . you are ready to write your masterpiece! Everything is off to a smooth start, but then suddenly things start to slowly unravel. It starts with a quick email check and before you know it all focus is lost.
The truth is, as a writer, you need to stay on track. Creative work takes discipline, so here are a few tricks of the trade to help you along!
Reward yourself for your hard work by taking breaks. After writing for about an hour or two, give yourself a well-deserved, 15 minute break and do something you enjoy! Go for a walk, grab a coffee, smoke a cigarette or simply just relax. You deserve it!
Embrace the Unspoken Word
Be sure your workspace is quiet and free from distraction. Turn off the TV, put your phone on mute, and be proactive to stop distractions before they happen. Also, provide yourself with things that offer inspiration rather than distraction. Whether that be photographs, colors or even a change in scenery… yes, you can write on the back porch, in the treehouse or on the beach!
Make the Writing Work for You
Write at the time that works best for you! If you are a night owl, write at night. If you are most productive in the early hours, use that to your advantage. Work around your preset schedule and keep in mind times. If you have to pick up the kids at 3pm, start writing before 2pm. You don’t want to stop your creative juices just when they start picking up speed.
Setting goals is key to getting any project done in a timely way. The best way to go about this is to set a timeline – determine how much you need to get done every day/week/month before your due date. Every time you meet your goal, reward yourself!
Last, but not least, enjoy yourself! Get into your writing, love your characters, and surprise yourself along the way. The more interest you have in your work, the less likely you are to get bored with it.