Procrastination the foe for writers. How to beat procrastination?
We all go through the stage of procrastinating. This is caused by lurk of inspiration or fear which is a strong emotion for everybody. Anxiety, another common emotion for us writing flocks. We think to ourselves, my writing sucks. Ugh, I don’t feel like writing today. My characters are stupid! What if nobody like my book? Sounds Familiar?
It’s okay to take a break and catch up on TV shows and meet friends. I’m catching up with How to get away with murder at the moment. I love to sit on my bed with a packet of crisps and binge watch, but I try to write/revise or edit. Although as I’m writing this, I’m tempted to re-arrange my bookshelf, again. How do you break this pesky habit?
Here are my five tips how to beat procrastination.
Set a time to write.
First tip in Procrastination the foe for writers. How to beat procrastination? We are busy with work, children or school. Pick a time in your calendar and honor it as if you’re going to an appointment like the dentist or your hairdresser.
Set a realistic goal to write.
Writing all day can be challenging and writing itself is a lonely job. Be realistic when setting up a time to write, it can half an hour or an hour but at least you wrote something.
Find quotes about motivation
Go to Pinterest (this one of my favorite platforms) and search quotes about inspiration or motivation to spark that creativity back. Go to Google or Twitter any social platform. Find that quote you like, print it out and place it somewhere where you can look it at when you don’t feel like writing.
Read books about writing.
There are lots of books about the craft. A book I’m reading right now is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. On Writing by Stephen King is also a good book. He doesn’t just give writing tips, but he shares his personal experience. If you find a sentence or paragraph you like, bookmark it or do a sticky note so you go back to it.
Have a support group.
Last tip Frist tip in Procrastination the foe for writers. How to beat procrastination? If you’re a member of writing groups on Facebook go over there. See if there are any posts you relate too. If not, write a post most likely you will find someone who is going through the same thing.
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Happy writing and reading.