In Focus: 3 elements to consider, I outlined three elements that affect your focus during a writing session: the task itself, how you are feeling, and the context. I am going to write a series of follow up articles going into more detail about what that framework looks like in practice. (At some … [Read more...] about Optimizing Focus: Choose the task to suit the context
One of the things you struggle with when establishing a writing practice is focus. You might frame this struggle in terms of distraction or procrastination. You might think of it terms of willpower. You may have a story about what you need in order to focus that is at odds with what is possible in your current circumstances.
Everyone struggles with focus at least some of the time. There is nothing wrong with you. You might need to experiment a bit to figure what strategies help you.
Start here: Optimizing Focus: 3 elements to consider
I’ve written about focus and distraction before. A recent question during a Meeting With Your Writing has helped me clarify an important underlying principle. There are 2 parts to getting distracted: the trigger and where you go once distracted. These two elements are not completely distinct but … [Read more...] about Focus and the desire for distraction
A recent Twitter interaction with another writing coach helped me clarify some of the principles that underpin my approach to academic writing. Please, please, please remember that what is good advice for writers of young adult fantasy is not necessarily good advice for early career researchers! … [Read more...] about Is this Real Writing or procrastination?
As you may know, my definition of writing as “anything that moves your writing project forward”. Typically, this expands your sense of legitimate activities to include reading, taking notes, going for a walk so you can think through the ideas you are working on, or sorting out your project … [Read more...] about Is tidying your desk procrastination?
Distraction is the enemy of productivity. There is all kinds of time management and productivity advice telling you to track what you are doing and get rid of all the meaningless tasks that don’t contribute to moving your project forward. There are apps and strategies for doing that. But are you … [Read more...] about Distraction: not the usual suspects