Writing is one of those things that can be painful. Am I right? You need to write but the words just don’t come.
You fidget. You get up. Get down. Toggle over to Facebook. Go to Pinterest to pin a few things. Check your email. Next thing you know you’ve wasted an hour and have MAYBE one good sentence written.
I’ve been there. I know you have too.
So how do we break through it? If it’s a creativity issue, then check out these seven tricks to boost creativity. But if you know what you need to do but somehow just can’t seem to do it, then this post is for you.
And me too.
I’m writing a book. And in writing a book, I need to write just about daily. I’m trying to figure out something that works so I thought I’d ask around for ideas. Because as I get deeper and deeper into this thing, I’ll need to stay focused!
And of course I know no matter what you’re writing – a blog post, sponsored post, an article for another site, an ebook, something else – these tips might help you too.
Here are some things that have helped fellow bloggers.
Catherine from Evolving Mommy:
I have to treat the computer as a type-writer and only have TextPad or Ommwriter open. Otherwise it is too easy to start clicking around and getting distracted.
Jessica from Found the Marbles:
I’m not sure if this helps but sometimes when I find myself procrastinating, I go ahead and finish up all other pertinent items on my to-do list. Once the other projects are done I have an easier time digging in to the writing.
Jen from Momma Said:
I go run an errand. The car is my Muse.
My latest secret weapon is 80s pop music! There’s a reason they use it for aerobics classes. It really gets you going!
Jenn from The Rebel Chick:
A few of my blogging friends and I do “blogathons” where we tell each other on Facebook how many posts we need to write, and we cheer each other on on that Facebook thread. Each time we finish a post, we link up the URL. It’s fun and I like the accountability!
Rajean from Rajean Blomquist:
Honestly (am I admitting this out loud?) – I tend to do better the closer I get to deadline. Not sure why, but often the creativity and words flow because I’m under pressure to meet the deadline. I rarely schedule posts (so far), I tend to do better on the fly. I like to forecast and plan, use editorial calendars as much as possible, etc., but the actual meat of the writing just flows better for me ‘in the moment,’ and often that is not as far before deadline as my BP likely deserves! I must like the rush. I suppose it reminds me of the newsroom.
Get together with a writing partner and do writing sprints. You both set a timer for say 45 minutes (usually one person keeps the time) and everyone writes for 45 or 50 minutes without stopping. At the end of the sprint they call TIME and everyone reports their progress.
Amy from Taste Like Crazy:
I turn off the Wifi on my laptop and turn off my phone. If I don’t, I’ll be tempted to hop on Facebook and/or Twitter for “a second” which always turns into something like 30 minutes. :D
Jendi from Simple Vlogging Tips:
I use a timer. For some reason, having it ticking away right beside me makes me stay focused.
Tara from Feels Like Home:
Turn off social media. No Facebook, no Twitter, no Pinterest, no email either. They all tempt me and slow me down.
I’ll be testing things over the next few months. Getting up early (AAAAACK), using a timer (which I do often) and I’m definitely going to try writing sprints.
What about you? How do you stay productive when writing?