You know it. I know it. It can be tough to stay on track with your writing.
But there are tricks and tools to help us keep our focus and move us forward. And here’s the simplest one I know. Set a timer. That’s right. Simply set a timer for 20 minutes and don’t do anything else other than write.
Twenty minutes is a sufficient length of time to do quite a bit of writing. And yet, it’s not too long that you start to get anxious and call up the inner critic. Best of all, if you find yourself in the flow, you can set the timer for another twenty. Personally, I like to stretch and move a bit between timed sessions.
Of course, this can sound ludicrously simplistic to those who have struggled to write for quite a while. But the reality is, what often stops us from sticking with our writing is that we over complicate everything. We look for deep dark reasons as to why we’re not writing. We berate ourselves, think that there must be something wrong with us or what we’re working on. Before we know it, we’re steeped in hopelessness.
Much better to make it a practice of setting aside time each day, or at least several times a week, for timed writes.
Ready to give it a go. Schedule in some times to write over the next month. Turn off any distractions, set the timer–and start.
Let me know how it goes.
Because the biggest secret of all is this–if we are going to write a book, we have to begin to write.