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In this time of COVID I hear authors talking about being unable to write, myself included. I’m not having trouble writing my blogs, but getting back to the books–that’s a whole ‘nother issue. So, I thought it might a good time to share these seven ways to stop writer’s procrastination, and maybe inspire myself as well as others who are struggling to get it done.
- Set a firm goal. Tell yourself “I WILL, NO MATTER WHAT ____________”(fill in the blank)
- Set a reasonable goal. Don’t promise yourself to finish your book in a month, unless you know you can write at that pace. You can always increase a goal with less guilt than you can decrease a goal.
- Set a firm time to write. It doesn’t matter when you write, just that you write. If 2:00 a.m. works for you, do it. If twice a week works, then commit to that. Find the time that works for you and commit to it.
- Do the writing in chunks. To keep the project fresh, so you’ll want to keep coming back to it, don’t spend the whole day writing. Make 1000 words, 5 pages, or even two pages a day your goal.
- Write down the steps you need to finish the job – research, plotting, synopsis, query, number of pages you’ll do a day. Check each one off as you complete it. Keep the checklist and look at it when you feel like you’re getting nowhere. Seeing all those checkmarks will give you a boost.
- Be held accountable in order to get the job done. Promise a portion of the book each week or bi-weekly to a critique partner. Tell them not to let you off the hook. Remember when they badger you for the next chapter they are helping you, at your request.
- Delegate non-writing related jobs. Let someone else cook, clean, shop, etc. while you devote time to the project. Hire them, bribe them, or do whatever is necessary to convince your family to help. Tell them they won’t have to become “writing widowers” if they’re willing to help with the day-to-day jobs. If they buy it, be sure to pop your head out of the office and keep your end of the bargain.
Hope these tips help you get back in the writing saddle.
About the Author:
Multi-award winning author Catherine Castle loves writing. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. She also lays claim to over 300 internet articles written on a variety of subjects and several hundred poems. In addition to writing she loves reading, traveling, singing, theatre, quilting and gardening. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her award-winning Soul Mate books The Nun and the Narc and A Groom for Mama, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.