Road blocks to my writing have nothing to do with how, where, what, or when.
The best made plans are useless without action. Writing a novel demands writing or it will remain in your head or dated computer file.
|Novels require writing|
- Writing daily
- Setting a word count
Writing daily sets a positive habit. It becomes a ritual. It's as important to me as the morning cup of coffee.
Set word count goals rather than time goals. (Sitting at the writing desk for four hours may produce nothing more than a numb butt.) Establish the minimum number of words that must be written before stopping the session. Give yourself permission to exceed the goal, and don't be shy about increasing the goal.
Distraction and urge to move
I have ADHD. How do I stay glued to the writing chair? Stand, sit, stretch. All of these can be done within four or five seconds. Sitting for long periods isn't healthy. Movement is good. Alternate standing and sitting while writing.
Distractions: That's the biggest one for me. I am compelled to check out noises, even familiar sounds. I hear the sound of the refrigerator door being opened and the race is on between Annie the labradoodle and me.
Parting words: Sign off the internet. Close it up. No social networking, no research, no surfing, and no excuses no matter what the clever prefrontal cortex says.
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