More, and more, writers are having to produce. I mean really produce. Lots, and lots, and lots, of words all strung together in meaningful, emotional, marketable sentences, paragraphs, chapters, all culminating into the next must-read book, in the next must-read series.
Agent Rachelle Gardner’s Blog last week How to Make a Living as a Writer, Part One was all about Volume. And I quote,
"The writers who are doing it full time are able to do it because they have a large volume of product out there..."
So more than ever we must sit our butts in the chair and produce.
Here are 16 tips to help you do just that.
Many you probably know, but here there once again, as a reminder to get those words down.
- Set goals. Not just the once year goals, or monthly but every day identify want it is you want to accomplish today. Write it down and stick to it.
- Time yourself. Decide on a specific time for yourself to sit and write, say 30 minutes and set a timer and off you go. After the set time rest a bit. Then set the timer again and go.
- Don’t check email during work times. It pulls you into a non-action mood.
- Turn off the social networks - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, everything and focus on the page.
- Get a motivation buddy. Some one who is on your side spurring you on to make your goals a reality.
- Track yourself, either by crossing off your daily goals, charts of time spent writing, etc.
- Make yourself accountable to someone else, your motivation buddy, your writing or critique group and post it each day to your buddy or group.
- Get up and move. Get the blood circulating and pumping to your brain. Stretch. Jog in place. Do push ups. Downward facing dog.
- Create everyday.
- Wake up early.
- Realize it will never be perfect. But it can be great.
- Identify and face any fears that may be getting in the way.
- Become mindful especially of time wasters.
- Give yourself a break.
- Then just do it.
- And finally Reward yourself. Have a list of fun-to-you rewards. Not just big ones for when the book sells, but little ones for tasks accomplished weekly, monthly whatever you need. After all when the book sells then we’ll party!
Feel Free comment and/or post any other productivity enhancing ideas.