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?
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
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
Have you ever felt like this? The replies to this tweet suggest that Charlotte is not alone. Sometimes the thing that's distracting you from your writing project is another writing project. It's like a toddler poking you while you make dinner. And it makes it really hard to focus. For this … [Read more...] about When another project is distracting you from this one
At the beginning of every session of A Meeting With Your Writing I used to ask participants to make a list of all the writing/research projects that they consider active. I then asked them which one of those they most want to work on during the next 90 minutes. It might be the one that would be … [Read more...] about Doing what you want to do