Challenges of daily writing

If you’re like me, you still have multiple obligations and writing isn’t your full-time day job. And if you are also like me, you have to carve out writing time. In my day job, I carve out chunks of time in 32 minute increments. I close my door. I put my phone on do-not-disturb. I sign out of my email and I focus on a specific task. In this way, I am more productive and my staff know that when I am available to them, I am giving them my full attention without distraction.

I realized that I also needed a chunk system in my writing life at home. Instead of full 32 minute segments, I set the timer for 10 minutes at a time and stop all distractions and focus on the scene at hand or the specific research that I need, but only for the 10 minutes. Then if I want to play Candy Crush or chat or watch television, I don’t feel guilty.

I am also going to post my word count. I think that will keep me focused and accountable. If you are a writer, I’d love to hear ways that have helped you focus. How do you find time to write? What distractions are your biggest foes? Maybe it’s a different location that makes it easier to write. Whatever your process, we all have the same amount of time in a day. And if you aren’t doing things that you enjoy more than the things that frustrate or annoy you, it’s up to you to change something.

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