At times, writing seems like a glamorous job. There might be book signings, public events, promotional tours, posters etc. But the reality is, writing requires a certain level of discipline.
Much of a writer’s time is spent working on their manuscripts. This might involve several hours a day at the computer for months on end to finish a book. And then there’s the editing (which we’ll get to in another blog).
Here are some tips to help you be a disciplined writer.
- Switch off from the outside world
Everyone loves to spend time on their devices. I find that logging out of social media, putting my phone on the other side of the office, and closing internet browsers on my laptop is a good way to reduce distraction.
- Create a routine
Even if it’s only for ten minutes a day, finding a regular time to write can get you into a groove. It’s a good sign when writing becomes a habit. (It’s certainly a much better habit than picking your nose.)
- Write – even when you don’t feel like it
The best way to get started is to get started. You may not be in the mood, but forcing yourself to sit down and punch out a few words can soon turn into a productive session.
- Set small goals
By breaking large projects into manageable chunks, it can reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed.
As I write this blog, I’m on a tight deadline with my next book. I’m using the above tips myself to make sure things stay on track.
Which tip do you think will help you the most? Let me know in the comments below.