I originally started this blog to talk about writing and the world of publishing. As we’ve moved into more information about families and the outcomes for children from a type of family, the writing piece seems to have been misplaced. <vbg> But I love the twice weekly format these posts have settled into. So I’ve decided to start an occasional feature called “The Weekend Writer”. This won’t happen every weekend, but when something comes up that seems worth my time, and yours, I’ll post it. If you’d like a spot on the Weekend Writer, contact me. I’m happy to share your wisdom with the world.
Today, our guest post is from Margaret Jules, who contacted me a couple of weeks ago about creativity. I was delighted. Margaret’s bio is at the bottom of the post. She’s a skilled writer and I’m glad to have her here. Margaret, over to you.
Tips for Staying On the Writing Beam
There are many writers present in all parts of the world, but very few can make it big. Some people from other professions say that they tried writing but could not continue it for long. No matter how easy it may sound to some, writing needs a lot of focus and commitment. Almost every writer finds herself distracted once in a while. Here are some tips that can help you stay on the beam.
Begin your day well
If you are a writer who goes to an office with lot of people there, you already know it. For those who work at home, some extra challenges have to be faced. Firstly, resist the temptation to connect to the Internet immediately after you get up. Being in the creative field, it is important to pay heed to your morning thoughts. When the mind is fresh, the best comes out. Keep yourself untouched by the online world, as long as you can. Dress up for your job, even if you work at home. You don’t know how long it will take you to get up once you sit on the computer. Keep a track of activities that take up your time and check whether they are important. This applies to watching funny videos, sharing them and making irrelevant Google searches. These activities are fine once in a while but do not make them a habit or a part of your routine.
Take reasonable breaks
Writing well needs a fresh and relaxed mind. You do have a life and you definitely deserve breaks to do other things. Take some time out for social media if you need, but keep it under control. Same applies to cooking and other household chores. Make sure you know how much time you would need to prepare lunch or snack or sort laundry. Get it done and come back to work. You need to discipline yourself without any external influence when you work from home. Make necessary calls during these breaks and keep your phone away when you sit down to write.
Don’t push yourself too much
There are times when you just cannot write. Try to change some things. Take a break or get some light drink to freshen you up. If you have a laptop, you may want to sit in another room or go somewhere outside where you have the place to sit and work. Many writers resort to public libraries for this. If nothing works, stop. Shut down the computer and go for a walk. Come back to write when your mind it fresh again. Sometimes, all you need to enhance your productivity is slow down. You need to sharpen your axe (aka your mind) from time to time before you can cut more wood (write any further).
If you have made up your mind, remember that nothing in the world can distract you. When you have a strong determination to do something, you overcome obstacles easily. Focus on why you write, and it will give you the strength to move on every time. Try these tips to improve your productivity and stay focused on the job at hand.
About the author: Margaret is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on environment and technology. Beside this she is fond of books. She recently did an article on automotto. These days she is busy in writing an article on born rich.