- Make your goals public. Set a writing schedule and send it to some friends and/or fellow writers. Promise to check in with them on a weekly basis to update them on how you're doing. Being accountable to others can go a long way in helping us stay on track.
- Consider employing the Kurosawa Method, especially for those of you with particularly hectic schedules.
- Try using the Breaking the Glass Exercise, it's an effective weapon in the fight against resistance and fear.
- The Jerry Seinfeld Chain has helped many of my students stay on track.
- If Facebook, email or some other internet siren-song is your procrastination drug of choice, you might want to try a program that limits access during scheduled writing times. I know several working writers who use the app Selfcontrol.
- If you haven't read The War of Art, I'd highly recommend doing so.
- This might be a bit extreme, but I know writers who put some money on the line at stickK in order to have a tangible incentive to get those pages done.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
7 Tools to Help Keep You Writing
Cory Mandell, who teaches screenwriting at the UCLA extension Writer's program, sent out a newsletter update with a great list of ways to charge up creativity and dive into writing.
Labels: writing tools