7 Effortless Tips For Writing Every Day

Making time to write every day can be a daunting task. I know I have problems with making sure that I write on my own work every day. I’m still learning how to make sure that I make the time for it. For those who work a different day job, will often struggle more to make time for their own writing.

There are some who feel guilty when they make time to write. Mainly because they see it as something fun to do and not something they have to do. Before you sit down and work out a writing schedule, make sure you figure out your priorities.

Alright, let’s jump right in…

Give Yourself More Time

Wake a little bit earlier in the morning so that you have more time during the day to write. This may seem too simple to work, but it works. Sleep is important, so make sure that you are still getting enough sleep. You need brain power to write, and sleep gives you brain power.

Pick a Time to Write

You want a writing schedule, so decide what time of day you are going to write. Make sure it is a time that you have free pretty much every day because consistency will make it more likely that you will stick with it. A lot of writers do their best writing first thing in the morning because the creative juices are flowing. Some say you are more creative when you’re a little tired, so maybe you write before bed. Just pick a time and stick to it.

Pick a Time to Read

A writer who doesn’t read will fall on their face. You have to read in order to be a good writer. Make sure you set some time aside every day to read. You can read anything, just read.

Use Life for Inspiration

If you have a day job other than your writing, use the people you work with as inspiration for your writing. Even if you don’t have a different day job, watch the people you interact with on a daily basis, or those you meet out in public. If you watch closely, you will start to see that everybody has their own characteristics, character flaws, and attitudes. Who knows, they may inspire your next story.

Gather Your Work

I’ve always been super organized with where I keep my writing, I’m obsessed with USBs. For some people, they have notes and writing plastered across notebooks and in different computer files. Group everything together into one place so that you can what you need faster. This will help you to feel more motivated to write because you won’t have to hunt for what you are looking for.

Make a Happy Place

Set aside space in your home where you write. It doesn’t have to be a huge space. In fact, it could be your kitchen table. But know, that is your space. When you are there, it’s time to write. Set up the space to make you happy and motivated to write, and reduce the distractions as much as you can.

Reward Yourself

When you have accomplished some writing for the day, no matter how much, reward yourself. This can be anything that you like doing. Go for a walk, give yourself an extra five minutes of reading time, whatever will make you want to write again the next day.

That’s it. Use these seven tips to create your own writing schedule to make sure that you don’t feel like you have to force your writing time. Nothing is worse than feeling like you don’t have the time to do something that you love. Make the decision now to make time to write tomorrow.

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.” – Charles Buxton

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Stay Focused

I don’t know about you, but staying focused on my writing is my biggest problem. Focus is why it took me so long to write Loved By Death. I enjoy writing, spewing out all the words and feelings, but I am so easily distracted. Hell, I’m lucky if I’m able to focus long enough to write a complete chapter in one day. Ironically, when I am ghostwriting a book, I can have it written in a couple of days depending on the length and the material.

So, we are going to take a little class together today on how to keep yourself focused. Trust me, I’m learning just as much as you are. If you have any tips on staying focused on your writing, please share them in the comment below.

Work With Your Brain’s Schedule

Who knew that your brain had a schedule? Actually, that makes sense. My brain tells me when it’s time for coffee.

Chances are you have probably noticed the times during the day when you seem to be more focused. Most people tend to be the most distracted between 12 and 4 p.m. with the peak being around 2. The brain works the best during the late morning, meaning after 10 a.m. This is when the brain is fully awake. Use the hours between 10 a.m. and noon for some intensive writing, and then take a break about midday to refresh.

Reward the Brain

Your brain learns the things you do. This means that the more often you engage in a distracting behavior, like playing a matching game on your phone every time it says you have lives, the more likely you are to do it. Your mind has been rewarded in some way by these distracting behaviors. This means you need to break these behaviors by stopping them when you notice them happening. The harder it is for you to be distracted, the less likely it will happen.

Take Real Breaks

While work typically involves a constant stream of input: constant phone calls, emails, 20 tabs open, it doesn’t do much for your focus. Find someplace you can go for 15 minutes where you cannot be distracted. A quiet room, a place without wi-fi, somewhere you can let your mind rest.

No Multitasking

The fact is, nobody can actually multitask. The brain can only focus on one thing at a time. All you do when you multitask is switch between different tasks quickly. You’re not actually doing two, three, four things at once. The more often you switch, the more energy you use. Instead, make a list of what you need to do, and work down the list. One task at a time.

Do Something Engaging

Have you ever started working on something and then a few minutes later you are daydreaming?

When you don’t think what you need to do is worth your time, your brain will start to float around to other more stimulating things. You have to figure out if it’s you or the task. If the task isn’t currently engaging you then you should work on something else, and work on the less engaging task during the late mornings.

Chew Gum

This sounds completely crazy, but it works. Research has found that chewing gum will increase the oxygen flow to the attention part of your brain. It will also help your long-term memory and give a bit of an insulin boost. If you don’t really like gum then you can grab yourself a snack. This doesn’t mean you should eat something every time you’re distracted, that could start a bad habit.

The important thing for staying focused is to create an environment for focus. Help your brain out by not making it have to work as hard.

Like I said earlier if you have any tips for staying focused comment below.

The biggest challenge is to stay focused. It’s to have the discipline when there are so many competing things. – Alexa Hirschfield