In the last post on distractions (May 23 Distractions- First Things First), we talked about making a commitment to devote some time to writing before diving into those things that you’ve identified as things that distract you from writing.
(Haven’t identified your distractions yet? Then nip back to May 3 “Distractions- Know Your Distractions” and start nailing the little buggers down…)
Now let’s take this a bit further.
Some distractions are things we can easily ignore, but some distract us because they’re fun or delicious or appealing. Some distractions seduce us because, even though we want to write, at the time they may sound like more fun than sitting down and trying to finish the next chapter.
So, let’s make use of that.
Make a commitment to get a certain amount of writing done before you go on Facebook, watch TV or go shopping. Better yet, make a commitment that you won’t go on Facebook, watch TV or go shopping until you’ve finished your writing goal for the day.
- Finish a chapter before you go to the movies
- Outline the next article before your favorite show comes on.
- Commit that you won’t eat that cookie until you write your heroine out of the trap she’s pigheadedly walked into.
Many distractions are distractions because we like doing them. So use them to reinforce yourself for writing.
Get the chapter done and the chocolate mousse that’s lurking in the fridge, and let your distractions be your allies as opposed to your enemies.
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