Time to Write and Not Procrastinate

?We know that daily writing goals and being proactive creates a great forwards momentum for our novels. Yet putting that into practice can sometimes feel like a mountain to overcome and before we know it, writing has turned from a wonderful pastime, into a herculean beast that we can’t face. Then even if we find time to write, procrastination takes over.

Suddenly, writing time has evaporated into a missed opportunity.

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Today I’m sharing my productivity tips in the hopes that they resonate with you:

Let’s do this!!!

Set intentions

There’s no point in half-heartedly thinking; I’ll try to write today. No. Make it a definite intention: A promise to yourself. And keep it. I set mine the night before, listing the top 3 things I intend to achieve the next day and allocate the time for those things to happen.

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Carve out time.

I’m a mother of two and a partner in two businesses. Life can get pretty hectic. But I make it my intention to write first thing in the morning, so no matter what unfolds through the rest of the day my creativity won’t be impacted.

Don’t faff.

Put down your phone. Turn the TV off. Don’t nip to your friends for a quick brew (Oops, I’m already guilty of this.) Sit at your computer and begin. Even if the words don’t flow, and your characters are silent. You can always edit, develop setting and plot or research – just not on Facebook.

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Take yourself and your writing seriously.

By putting everyone else’s needs in front of your own, you’re giving off the energy that your writing isn’t that important. If you can dedicate your time to your kids, running around for their needs. Dedicate your time to a job, because you need the money. Dedicate your time to your partner, because you want a healthy relationship. Then you should apply the same principles to yourself. Your passion. Your calling. Your love for words and literature make you who you are. Own it and believe in yourself. Even if it’s only for half an hour on your lunch break, or in the car while your kids play sports, or cutting out one Netflix show. (I love Netflix; they have great story lines… its research.)

Recharge your batteries and don’t stress.

We are notorious for burning out. Pouring heart and soul into a novel and balancing family, work and personal life can take its toll. We are only human and life happens while you’re making plans. Relax, recharge and reboot your creativity. Although this could be considered procrastination, it’s different. It’s running on empty and needing to refuel. So watch movies, walk in nature, laugh with friends and read books. It’s good for the soul. And a happy writer makes for a more productive writer.

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Thanks for reading. Do you have any tips on creating time to write and how to stop procratination by? If so, please share.

You know I love hearing from you.

Until next time, Much Love.

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© Author Lorraine Ambers and http://www.lorraineambers.com, 2018.

21 thoughts on “Time to Write and Not Procrastinate

  1. gloriaellegabrie

    Super advice! I love that you added ” Even if the words don’t flow, and your characters are silent. You can always edit, develop setting and plot or research”….something I often don’t give myself credit for, as being productive in my writings. Thank for sharing.

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    1. I know what you mean, I’ve been editing for months and even though I sat at the computer for hours, I somehow felt as if I wasn’t writing. Until I realised it’s all part of the process. Glad you liked the post. Thanks for reading. 😊

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      1. Your welcome.

        The chance to produce a creative world is something writers take for granted. Some people are either so busy or so distracted that they have never considered creative writing. It’s healthy for the brain too, as it stimulates our creative centers like we all were as children. Cheers.

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  2. Good tips. I might add that when/if you’re feeling listless about your writing to read something that can inspire you again to your calling, such as The War of Art or Be the Gateway.

    I admit though I am not committed to a specific schedule or routine. When I am on a project, I am writing for as long as I can, morning, noon, and night. But I do take breaks after projects. I just finished a trilogy that took two years to write. Admittedly, there were fits and starts but the writing was pretty steady. I am taking a break though, right now, need to recharge.

    I think sometimes too, we do need to step back and recharge to get those juices and muses firing again.


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  3. These are all such great tips! I think the best thing I’ve ever done for my writing is learning how to wake up early and carve out time in the morning. My creativity and energy are definitely the freshest then. Now if only I could get in bed earlier to start waking up even earlier. . . (I want to unofficial join the 5 a.m. writer’s club.) Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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