Ok, I got it. Epic story that will change the world? Or at least, my world. Check.
Ready to write. Check.
I sit down at my computer but suddenly, I realize that I need a cup of tea or some water because I am acutely aware that my mouth has the consistency of sandpaper.
Right. Water and/or tea first then work on that novel.
But once I’m in the kitchen, I rummage through the pantry. A hunger pain has emerged from the pit of my stomach.
Well, since I’m in the kitchen, I should put up the dishes that were washed last night. Oh, and I meant to vacuum too. Wait, didn’t I need to do some research first before I actually write? I’ll do all that first then I’ll work on writing.
By the time I have done the house work, paid bills, and fell into a research hole that ended up with me surfing YouTube, it’s the end of the day and I have clocked no writing time.
It’s all in a typical day for me. I find myself in a procrastination hole when I face off against my computer. Yet in the midst of my drudgery, I found a great article that laid out the structure of a productive day, basic and best of all easy.
Two words: time blocks
So here’s the thing: If you’re currently munching on a hearty slice of avoidance in writing, break up your time in segments.
Start off with small bites to get the right flavor. Begin with a 15 minute slot with a timer. That seems pretty harmless. I can work uninterrupted on writing for a mere 15 mins. I spend more time than that binging on phone apps.
When the timer goes off, you can stop writing for a small 5-10 min break but nothing longer than that. Then go back to writing but increase the work time by another 15 mins.
So the segments go as follows:
15 minutes, break, 30 minutes, break, 45 minutes, break, 1 hour, break, etc.
Now, this method can be altered, but I can attest to the fact that it does provide encouragement to keep writing when daunted. The words I wrote during the original 15 mins may be a complete throwaway. Yet, it keeps me in the writing mode and I keep the momentum behind it.
Honestly, you don’t have to stop when the timer goes off, but I need breaks because my attention dissipates quickly when I hit a tough scene or I’m fighting for every word.
So when you find yourself in the vicious cycle of procrastination or lacking in motivation. Just remember the time strategy above that I like to call writer’s blocks. 😉