Like anyone else who writes novels, I sometimes have trouble making progress on my manuscript. ‘Sometimes’ might not be the right word, often is more apropos. (I have a need to be honest here.)
There are interruptions. I have a job, and it’s important to me, given it’s a business that I am part owner of and have invested rather heavily in. (I know, that sentence ended in a preposition. Forgive me.)
Other interruptions include family – what are they thinking? That I want to spend time with them? Well, actually, I do.
Then there are health issues that can come at me suddenly, like a thief in the night, robbing me of my equilibrium and concentration.
Nonetheless, I need to write. What to do?
There are lots of ideas out there
- get your seat in the chair
- put on the timer and write till it tells you to stop
- get a software programme that counts your words and measures your output
- wear noise muffling earphones
- move into the trailer or the barn in the yard until the MS is finished
- set a deadline
There are more ideas. Check out this blog http://novelexperience.info/improved-writing-productivity-100/ for some good ideas on increasing your productivity.
And yet, when it comes right down to it, sometimes you have to cut yourself some slack. Maybe it’s okay to pour a cup of tea and sit out on the patio, watching the plants push up through the dirt, signalling spring is on the way. I’ll settle for that today.