One of the things I have the most difficulty with in my writing is distractions. For years, I have been constantly multitasking. For example, I might be chatting with someone in one window, writing a forum post in another, browsing a website I like in yet another, and often watching TV at the same time. So, when it comes time for me to sit down and write, I often write just a few words and my brain wants to go on to do something else.
Lately, I’ve fallen victim to distraction a lot. As a result, I haven’t made nearly the progress on my current story as I’d like. I was hoping to at least be a good deal into the story by now, but I’ve barely scratched the surface.
However, today I tried something new. Normally when I wake up, I go see if my friends are online, chat a bit, maybe watch a movie on Netflix, and eventually hours later start working on my writing. The problem with that approach is, I tend to get involved in things and not get around to actually working on my writing. Today I changed my routine. When I first woke up, I limited myself to checking my email and reading the day’s articles on The Passive Voice. Then I shut down everything but Scivener, and sat in front of it for an hour, with just a 5-minute break a half-hour in. My mind still tried to wander, but I made my goal of 250 words.
My hope is to have the willpower to do this 5 days a week. Hopefully I’ll be able to increase the time dedicated and the words generated as I go, and get this story/novella done in a reasonable time.