Wednesday, 14 July 2021

How to Write More And Quit Procrastination For Good

 Procrastination is a word all writers dislike, yet it's simple to beat. And it's taken me years to figure this out.

You see, procrastination happens when you're not writing. It can even happen when you ARE writing and your mind wanders and you think of random things like, "I need to go out later and buy a loaf of bread." Then all you can think of is the loaf of bread.

So why does this happen?

It happens because you're reluctant to do whatever it is that you should be doing.

So what can you do about it?

It's easy.

You just have to love to write. If you don't love it you'll never want to do it or it will be hard to keep going once you start.

When you love to write, time flies. You get into the state of 'flow' and can write for hours.

The way to beat procrastination is to use the Pomodoro Technique, where you set a timer for 25 minutes and write as much as you can till the timer goes off.

I've used this hundreds of times because it's great for getting me going as I work against the clock.

But once I get going, flow takes over and then I can write for hours.

This is loving what you do.

Being a writer is for the long haul. It's not a get-rich-quick scheme.

Can you see yourself writing for 5, 10 or 20 years?

If not, get a job.

But if you love writing, quit procrastinating and write.

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