Doing something out of passion doesn’t necessarily mean you’re never going to postpone it. Writing is a solitary type of work, so procrastination may have a daily or weekly appearance. Even if you like do write, the chances are that an approaching deadline for a book may very well resemble hell for you. Transforming writing into a daily activity takes work. To maintain a strict routine, you need a schedule, a timer, books and above all, the desire and motivation in order to finish another page, another chapter, another book. Here are six ways that might just keep you on track!
Use a whiteboard
Although writing takes imagination, sometimes we get stuck. We have a concept in mind, but we can’t figure out what would be the best course for a character. A whiteboard allows you actually to see what’s going on. Compare it to a labyrinth if you will. You’ve started here, and your end game is there. Figure out where you are in between. It’s easier to connect the dots if you have the whole picture right in front of you.
Use a timer
You don’t have to be an athlete to need a timer. This device can help you keep your focus for a certain period. Usually, a writer has deadlines imposed by a publishing house. Maybe you just have 2 hours per day to write. By setting the alarm, you know for sure how much time you’ve spent writing today. Also, a timer will have a beneficial effect on your self-esteem as well. By knowing that you’ve worked for a number of hours, you’ll feel more in control of your writer’s abilities.
The Internet is a marvelous thing! There are even apps that will offer solutions to a plot, help you create a character or install your own personal goals. If you’re having trouble imagining what would be a great attribute for a character, an app can give you a solution. These types of apps don’t have to dictate your novel but can offer you some ideas which you can further develop.
Plugins represent another tool to fight off procrastination. The online provides a variety of plugins with a broad range of features. Search online and find out which one is the right one for you. Plugins are made to limit distractions, so they can help you overcome your urge to procrastinate work.
Sometimes, famous writers make a video of themselves about how they managed to concentrate long enough to finish a book. Search and see if you can’t find some pieces of advice that will work for you. Postponing work is normal, but in an office, you have superiors and co-workers to push you from behind. Writing doesn’t offer that much human contact. Look up a writer that you love and follow some points.
Use a schedule
This might be one of the best ways to keep you writing so far! An agenda can be divided into chapters, just like a book. Place a sign on the date you are today and another, on the day you want/have to finish writing. Set an approximate number of pages you want your novel to have and divide it by the number of dates in the agenda. For example, I have 300 pages to write, starting now (13 December), until the 30th of May. So, I’ll have 300 pages/197 days = 1,5 pages/per day. It may seem a bit too mathematic for some people, but it works great! Another way could be to disconnect your phone, give yourself a treat after each written page, or play with your dog for 10 minutes, after an hour spent working. Basically, figure out what works best for you and stop procrastinating!