Tag Archive - Procrastination

How to Boost Focus ahead of a Writing Session

Today’s guest post is by Rosie O’Neill.

Focus is the thing that makes a writing session fly by in a burst of creative energy, the words flowing and effortless as we get lost in our manuscripts. It’s not something we can turn on and off like a tap, however, and it reacts to all sorts of different personal and environmental circumstances. We focus better, for example, if we’re well rested and don’t have anything pressing to do elsewhere.

Finding our focus ahead of a writing session can be a powerful tool to master as a writer. After all, we can’t always wait for the muse to strike before we sit down to work—it’s just too unpredictable to offer consistent progress. If the muse does exist, it has to find us already working— which means we need to take back control over our own focus.

This mind-set isn’t an easy one to master. With so many things threatening to distract us from our writing, especially if we’re unpublished or working a day job alongside, it can be genuinely hard to make this important creative work a real priority.

Here are some of my favorite tricks to boost your focus ahead of a writing session. Continue Reading…

How To Figure Out What To Write

Today’s guest blog post is by Brian Berni.

Around this time of year is when we writers are most excited about and motivated to go after our writing goals. It’s a New Year, a “clean slate” from the previous year, and that gives us an opportunity to do things differently.

If you’ve been procrastinating about your writing goals, or if you aren’t being consistent with your writing projects, I’m going to challenge you to really think about whether these are things you want to continue working on this year.

An easy trap that writers fall into is writing something just because other writers are doing it or defaulting to writing a novel because “that’s what writers do.”

I say you should write whatever you’re actually motivated to write. It will be different for everyone—what motivates one writer would cause another writer to procrastinate.

But if you are going to ditch your previous writing goal or project (or one you are just getting started writing), you may be wondering, “What do I write now?” Continue Reading…

6 Destructive Thoughts That Stop You from Writing—and How to Slay Them  

Today’s guest post is by Dan Brotzel.

We all lament the lack of time we have for creative work. But then when we actually get some time, we sometimes fail to make good use of it. Here are six blockers to getting your writing done and how to deal with them.

“But it’s all been said before!”

Problem: You think: There are so many stories in the world already, what could I possibly add that hasn’t already been said a hundred times before, a hundred times better?

Solution: Remember that unoriginality at the level of structure isn’t a bad thing—in fact, it’s almost inevitable. We all love stories that are variations on well-known templates and structures. We like to see good triumph over evil, the odd couple finally get together, the killer unmasked.

Yes, it may have been said before. But not by you, to your audience, with your style and perspective. Continue Reading…

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