|Dive In - Maria A Smith|
Where do you begin? Anywhere, anywhere at all, as long as you start. Procrastination is usually a
symptom of something else. That is my experience anyway. You can't afford to delay in getting going with your writing, you've got to plunge in and begin, because lets face it, most of us are time poor. We can't afford the luxury of hanging around until it feels right.
We've all got something else to do with our time, be it work, family, or recreation. If you want to write, you should just do it! This is what the A to Z Challenge has taught me. That, and the marathon of words known as NaNoWriMo, where you need to write 1667 words a day to reach the magic 30k in 30 days. A novel draft in 30 days! Yes really. Or 26 posts for the A to Z Challenge, written on the hoof in my case.
Here are my tips to kill procrastination.
- Jot down ideas in advance - Use a notebook, your mobile phone, or create a mind map
- Set a deadline - Write for an hour, do a word sprint with a writing buddy, or plan it in for lunchtime, or before breakfast, put it in your diary like any other appointment you would make, and stick to it.
- Set goals - Break the job up, the task won't seem so overwhelming. If you need to write 10,000 words, write 1000 words a day for the next 10 days.
- Reward yourself - everyday, be it tea and cake, a swim and a sauna, a run in the park or a Crunchie bar. Dangle the carrot.
Going from doing nothing to doing something is hard work, you need to create a habit. Don't delay, start today. Just do it!
Tell me how you begin?