Please give a warm welcome to the lovely, talented Candace Osmond! She, like so many of us, faces the ten billion distractions that keep us from working on our manuscripts. So, without further ado, check out some drastic measures, for when you’re at the end of your rope, to help you focus!
5 Drastic Measures to Help You with Writing Distractions
As a writer, or any creative type, we’re all so easily distracted. It’s a curse us authors live with and it seriously impacts everything we do. Your editor needs the final changes by tomorrow? Better peruse Facebook for a couple of hours. Amazon needs a final file by Friday? Well, that sounds like a good time to start binge watching a new show on Netflix.
Regardless of the form it takes, distraction is everywhere and it’s next to impossible to avoid these days. And when it comes down to it, it’s really up to yourself to have the self-discipline and make it work. But, for those who need a little push, here’s some great tips to help you cope with daily distractions while writing.
- Unplug Your Router
I’m dead serious! I have to do this sometimes. When I’m working through a deadline induced anxiety attack, drastic measures are called for. Yes, if there are others who live in the house, they’ll suffer too. But that’s the price you pay. It totally forces you to work hard, work fast, and get the task done.
- Use a Timer
For those who have a little self-control, put all your devices in a shoe box and set a timer for later that day. THAT’S when you can hang up the keyboard and take a break.
For those of you, like myself, who hardly know what self-control is and need to check Facebook every five seconds, invest in an actual locked box that only opens when the timer goes off.
- Reward Yourself
This one is easy. Sort of. Great daily goals and then rewards to go along with it. You wrote 1800 words today without a single distraction? Yay! Now you can watch one episode of your favorite show. (Let’s face it, with TV streaming, it’s not like the show is going anywhere)
- Ask Nicely
If one of your major distractions is friends and family texting or calling all day, then ask them to stop. They should understand. Tell them you have a deadline, or you’re swamped and need to tackle some work.
- Delete Apps
I’ve had to do this a time or two. Delete those time-wasting, super fun, writing distractions called apps and games from your phone. I’ve even went as far as deleting the Facebook and Twitter app from my phone each morning and redownloading them at night. Sounds crazy, but it helped me finish a four-part paranormal book series on time.
#1 Bestselling Author and freelance writer/editor, Candace Osmond was born in North York, ON.
She published her first book by the age of 25, the first installment in a Paranormal Romance trilogy to which two others were published with it; The Iron World Series.
Candace is also one of the creative and AVN Award nominated writers for www.sssh.com, an acclaimed Erotic Romance website for women which has been featured on NBC Nightline and a number of other large platforms.
Aside from fiction, Candace is also an award winning Interior Designer and writer for Adorable Home Magazine.
Now residing in a small town in Newfoundland with her husband and two kids, Candace writes full time developing articles for just about every niche, more novels, and a hoard of short stories.
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