I think it’s safe to say we’ve all done it before. You make a plan to write, you’re thinking “I’m going to write” all day, but then somehow you never get to it. Something distracting gets in the way and your minds tricks you into forgetting the things you need to do. Long term procrastination normally leads to a dreaded case of writer’s block-and we don’t want that now don’t we?
Tips on how to master the ‘Art of Not Procrastinating’:
1. Set a goal that’s at your comfort level, and not an enormous one that you know you’re too lazy/ don’t have the time to do.
2. Have something to remind you so that you don’t forget. For example, little sticky notes that say: Write or forever be cursed with Lazywritertidus! (Yeah, that sticky note is on my wall).
3. Tell close friends and family about your writing. Nothing makes for better motivation than the people you love cheering you on.
4. Make writing fun. Doing something you love is different then doing something you consider a chore. Procrastination often starts when writing seems more like a chore. Remember that nothing you write is set into stone. You can change the plot in any new direction you want.
5. Do something else. If you write TOO much, you’re bound to get lazy or tired at some point. Give yourself a break. Have a few laughs, read a book, hang out with friends. Our ideas don’t just come out of nowhere—we get them from experience through our everyday lives.
Note: I managed to get 15k done this week by using these methods. Hopefully it helps you guys too.