When writing was a hobby I could punch out anything at anytime - poems, short stories, long stories, anthologies, whatever. But when I decided to take it on full-time, all of a sudden that stupid dung beetle (aka procrastination) writhed into my life and bit me.
He crawled on my keyboard, slithered on my outline, stole my notes and creeped his way into every conversation I had with my main characters.
I'd really like him to take a permanent vacation.
So I went searching for the Eradicator – something, anything to help me get rid of the pest. I’ve jotted down a few of these tools in the hopes that maybe they can help you too, sweep that bug from your life.
Tool 1- Kitchen Timer -- am I writing or am I trolling the Internet?
Tool 2- Word Count -- do I have a word count goal or am I cleaning out the fridge today?
Tool 3- Page Count – how about a page count goal or is this organizing-the-office day?
Tool 4- Scenes -- do I want to finish one scene or two, or maybe I’d rather watch TV for more "research" ideas?
Tool 5- Time of Day -- do I write at the exact same time every single day or do I keep filling that space with essentials like alphabetizing my book collection?
Tool 6- Favorite Place -- do I write in the same place every day (well-lit, uncluttered and mine) or is it filled with bills, homework or other fun stuff?
For me, the best tool has been to create a habit that works. Experts say two weeks of the same thing at the same time and you’ll have that habit down. I’m on day 10 – wish me luck!
Do you have favorite techniques for staying on task and fulfilling the dream of a completed, well-edited, ready-to-go manuscript? Please share!
The sketch is from my good friend Chris Watt, please see more of his illustrations at http://macgregorsisland.com/