Having a lot of time on your hands, does not always ensure more output. Nothing lulls us into relaxation mode quicker than have the hours of the day stretch out ahead of us, seemingly endless. It’s so full of promise. And sometimes, it’s precisely what you need. Time. Time to reflect, or just be. But if you get to the end of the day, wishing you had accomplished more, here are some tips I’ve found useful.
- Get up as though going to work. A regular routine helps your mind focus more quickly on the task at hand (writing). Writing in the same place each day, can also be helpful,
2. Set as timer for fifteen minutes and commit to writing for that amount of time. The consistency of writing at the same time each day is helpful, even if it is only for a few minutes.
3. Write in a journal or notebook. Write about your day. Write about your pets. Write a daily reflection from the point of view of your character.
4. Write a scene you would like to include in your novel. It doesn’t have to be the next scene or the scene on which you are currently working.
5. Make a list of what you want to accomplish in your manuscript today. Sometimes I find it hard to be motivated when my goals are vague. Sometimes the easiest way to get writing, is to put down in black and white, precisely what I hope to accomplish.
I hope you find some of these tips helpful. Feel free to add tips of your own in the comment section.