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10 Ways To Maximize Your Writing Time

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Choose the right time for writing

To write well, you need to write regularly - advisably every day. Thus, you won’t need to waste your energy on overcoming your fears and writer’s block. Moreover, you’ll have a fresh memory of your plot and won’t miss any details.

In this case, you will get in the habit and will write faster. Of course, if you start writing after a hard day of meeting 100 clients, you can hardly be very productive. But when do you write if you have a full time job?

For example, Anthony Trollope, one of the most talented novelist of his time, wrote 47 novels and 16 other books having a hard job in the post industry. The only free time he had was in the mornings. He paid a servant to wake him up and bring him coffee and he wrote till breakfast. He got in the habit of writing 250 words every 15 minutes and this rule helped him to concentrate. He wrote for three hours every day and it resulted in three novels per year.

You need to find possibilities to write. And the time for writing should be appropriate for you. Find the most productive time of the day for you and try to squeeze some writing into it. Many people work better after a good sleep or after some physical exercises. You can try that for the start.

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Fight boredom and negative emotions

Negative emotions are not good even for writing a horror book. The thing is that they force out your creativity. A positive state of mind is much better for a writer’s effectiveness. As you know, no person is positive all the time; that’s our nature. Sigmund Freud once said that the task to make people happy did not form part of the plan of Creation. People feel blue from time to time and it is normal.

You can fight bad mood, though. Different people have different ways of doing it. Some need to listen to their favorite song, some feel better after a cup of tea. Usually a good sleep helps to take away bad mood, so watch your sleeping habits. If you feel well, you will write better.

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Give your brain some oxygen

This is one of the most underestimated ways of improving productivity. Think of how often you air the room you write in? If you don’t do it often, you still the precious energy that may be missing from your writing process. If it is not possible to bring some air into the room, go out for it. You can either just go for a walk and come back with new energy, or go write in fresh air. Anyway, oxygen is a must.

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Release tension

Tension and stress are one of the worst enemies of creative work. There is no place for creativity if we are worried about many different things. The ability to deal with appearing problems and to abstract away from the problems you cannot solve at the moment can be a great help for a writer.

Just imagine that for the next couple of hours there is no boss who demands too much of you, no pile of bills, no broken washing machine, etc. If you cannot stop thinking about your problems, you should try different sources of relaxation such as punching a punching bag, watching a movie or meditating.

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Put away all the distractions

Put away all the distractions

Distractions are the worst enemies of any kind of work, especially the creative one. It is very hard to start writing if there are social accounts to check, fun videos to watch and all those news to read. All those are good things, but not when it is your writing time. Make yourself a rule not to go online (unless for market researches or something) while you write. If needed, you can turn down all your gadgets so that there is no temptations to just check it for a minute.

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Learn to start writing faster

Sometimes you find the time to work on a book, but there is no right mood for it. Not to waste your time, you can use alternative planning. It is based on giving yourself a choice. Creative people are easily pushed away by the necessity to do art on a schedule. You can avoid that by making a choice: you can read what you have already written and edit it, you can work on some other project or you can continue writing your book. This approach can be helpful to get you writing.

Another good way to start writing faster is to activate your creative part of the brain - the right one. You can watch some creative videos, listen to music, breathe through your left nostril or massage your ears. Who knows, maybe it will help you.

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Time management is the key

If you want to maximize your writing time, the best thing to do can be to expand this time. Time management can help you with that. Let’s say you are a student. And, apart from working on your book, you also need to do a loot of college things. What you can do here is to come up with detailed day schedule with timing for every task you have to deal with. Thus, you won’t procrastinate with your essay writing, will find time to finish that research you’ve been working on for years and work on your book, too.

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Rhythmicity can be your solution

Everything in this world agrees to the rhythmicity laws. Plants bloom in the spring and leaves fall down in the fall. Animals usually sleep at night and haunt in day. People also have daily rhythms you are well aware of.

What you might not know is that there are other kinds of rhythms that last around 90 minutes. At nights these are phases of deep and fast sleep. There are suggestions that these phases work during days, too. That is why some specialists advise working hard for 90 minutes and then do some minor routine tasks for the same amount of time. There is also a Pomodoro system that offers you to work for 25 minutes and for rest for 5 - 10 minutes. Thus, you will be able to keep concentrated for a long period of time.

Resting here doesn’t mean surfing the web. If you work on a computer, your 5 - 10 minutes should consist of moving and relaxing your eyes. You can do some minor things around the house to make this time count.

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Delegate unnecessary tasks

Delegate unnecessary tasks

If you waste too much time on the tasks you feel do no good for you, better either give them up at all, or let someone else deal with them if there is such an option. If you watch too many TV shows, maybe it’s time to stop watching at least some of them. If you help your friends with all of their problems, maybe it’s better to let them handle those on their own. If you have too many college tasks that you don’t seem to learn anything from, maybe you need to address some college writing service to deal with them. Just think about the tasks you spend a lot of time on, and think how you can turn things around.

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Eat less, but more often

You need to eat to speed up your brain. It will also make you work faster. The most optimal eating pattern for highly productive creative people is approximately 200 grams of healthy food every three hours. What you eat matters, too. If you eat a big steak for lunch, you will probably find it hard to write after it because your organism will give all the energy to processing this food.

In your writing days, you should give preferences to fruits, cereals, vegetables, nuts and fish. Don’t forget about water, too. A person needs around three liters of water every day. Try to drink this much.

As you see, maximizing your writing time can be achieved by some simple techniques that can possibly make many of your life aspects better. Sleep well, eat healthy food, don’t get distracted by unimportant things and you will do great.

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Introduction

Introduction

Writing is a noble thing. You bring something new to the world and make people think or feel something. However, writing is not as romantic as many people think. It is a hard work that is not always very pleasant. Authors who write on a regular basis tend to face similar problems:

  • Where to find time for writing?

  • How not to get distracted?

  • How to write more?

  • How to get rid of procrastination?

There are not simple solutions to these problems. You need a complex approach to the problem here. The following tips can help writers to deal with procrastination and with the constant inability to write as much as they want.