How To Beat Writing Procrastination
What do you do when you do not know how to start your writing?
Do you spend hours considering it or just give up and start to do something else? Do you enjoy these procrastination moments or hate them because they make you feel nervous and disappointed?
Every writer knows the problem of procrastination.
If you are a lucky one, and you still do not know how it affects your life as a writer, we will explain it to you in a couple of words.
This post will offer 5 tips for easily overcoming procrastination.
When you create something, your brain works. It starts generating ideas, and you just can’t stop that process.
The Causes of Procrastination
- Procrastination is something else. Your brain calms down, and you do not want to create something.
- Everything that you do with your hands, all automatic movements instead of writing is a form of procrastination.
- Your brain is asleep, and it won’t wake up until you make some efforts.
Advantages of Procrastination
- Of course, sometimes you need some time to have a rest and reboot your brains. In this situation, procrastination works perfectly.
- Moreover, it can even help you generate more ideas. It works in the following way: you stop straining your brains trying to find a solution. And your subconsciousness brings a solution to your problem.
How to Stop Procrastination
Still, in most cases, we procrastinate just because we do not want to work. Or we think that we do not want to work. Or we just cannot confess to ourselves that browsing Facebook is not research, but another way to procrastinate.
There are effective ways to beat writing procrastination and to be an effective writer, you need to know them.
1. Create a schedule.
People explain, “Writing is a creative process.” Are we sure?
According to studies, writing is not as creative as we always thought. Moreover, in order to write you need to have analytical skill.
Also, some writers confess that creativity is useless without observational skill. Of course, a writer should be imaginative. No one can create a good and emotional text without imagination. In addition to these, some writers cannot work without inspiration.
To be able to write sufficiently whenever you want, you can use some patterns. Create a schedule where you have a time for writing. And when a time to write comes, just sit and write.
Morning pages are a good exercise for everyone who wants to enhance writing. You need to write at least 5 pages daily. Write down your dreams or plans, but stick to the main idea of the exercise: write every day.
2. What does inspire you?
Inspiration is good when you know how to manage it. When it is uncontrolled, it is not useful at all. But when you understand how to turn it on, it becomes a weapon that kills procrastination. Get inspiration from your habits. Here you will find some inspiration ideas which you can turn into your habit. Try some of them or find your own inspiration tricks.
3. Write when you feel a desire to write.
Sometimes, the desire to write comes from nowhere. Use these moments to write down some interesting thoughts that you can use in future. Get a special notebook or app for these thoughts. When you have no idea what to write, you can always come back to these notes, look them through and find something that will inspire you to write more efficiently.
4. Create mind maps.
Procrastination can be a real problem. None of the commonly used methods can help beat it. In this case, try to use mind maps. If you have no thoughts at all, make small steps. Take one word and start to write associations for it. Then, add associations to associations. Work through it. Eventually, you will notice that you are ready to write.
Motivation can be the strongest tool which beats procrastination. You need to find out what motivates you. Perhaps, a monetary reward is the most effective motivation. Or a fear of losing your clients motivates you more. Maybe, you are motivated with the feedback or response of your readers. Find a proper motivation and follow it.
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