“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” –George Lucas
Hello Goodie Two Shoes!
As I found from personal experience, it’s all well and good to have scheduled writing time, but it won’t get done if you can’t focus on actual writing during that time.
Today, we’re going to go over some tips and tricks to help encourage focus time so you can write all the words!
A great way to help get you mind focused on writing is to build a routine that let’s your brain know that it’s time to work.
These will be things you do every time you write.
It can be something as simple as sitting down in a chair and beginning to type.
Or it could be multiple steps. Finding a specific music playlist, taking a few breaths, and brainstorming about your story before you start.
You can find more ideas for routines here.
Telling your brain that it’s time to get started doesn’t always get you through a whole session.
I’m sure we’ve all heard that is takes three weeks to build a habit.
So, write for three weeks. Make it a habit to sit down in your chair and type a sentence.
Work on only writing for a certain amount of time.
Do it at the same time for three weeks if you can.
There will be days when it’s easy. There will be days when it’s like pulling teeth.
You can try to come up with fun ideas to make it “easier” or “more fun”, and believe me, I do that too, but those things don’t do the writing.
That’s just you and your laptop.
Know what it is you want, what success is, what you’re working toward and why.
Then push through.
Type a sentence and then don’t look at your phone. Don’t allow yourself any distractions.
Throw away your phone, turn off the internet, or just have some self-control.
If you’re not writing, you’re not scrolling, but thinking about what you’re going to be writing next.
There’s nothing but you and that blank page.
Revel in the discomfort of not knowing what to write. It’s never going to go away. It’s always going to be uncomfortable.
But if you want this, you’ll do it anyway.
The ideas will come if you’re ready and searching for them, not wasting your precious writing time on an instant gratification that won’t give you a lasting pride from your accomplishments.
If this is just a hobby for you, do it for fun. Let it be just a hobby.
But if this is your career, your dream, and a huge part of you, put in the work that it deserves.
The work you put in will give you the results you deserve.
Keep at it. You’ve got this.
Now get off this browser and go write your story.