Ѳ Get in the Mood Ѳ
Cue the music!
NO! This post is not about getting in the mood. It is a well known fact that I write and publish erotic romance and clean romance and struggle just as you do to get in the correct frame of mind (mood) for this. This post, I hope, will reach out to those struggling with getting into the writing mood. But first, a definition lesson:
procrastinate – verb – to delay or postpone action; put off doing something
Edward Young is correct. Procrastination is the thief of time! We are its unwitting victims. I have fallen victim to procrastination so many times, I can’t even count. It gets a hold of you and doesn’t let up until you’re too tired to do anything else.
- My family (yes, I know. It’s awful to say this, but I still live at home and our family is chaotic.)
- My fur baby (He is an energetic, two year old Brittany Spaniel with a food obsession and must have me in his sight at all times or else his world implodes or something…)
- Facebook (I write under a pseudonym. It is hard! I have two accounts for everything!)
- YouTube (I listen/watch everything and anything on YouTube. It is an addiction.)
- Wattpad (Wattpad, is my home away from home and where it all began. I can’t help but be distracted by it.)
- Instagram (I have an insta-obsession. In my personal life, I Instagram everything and love filters!)
- Netflix (Can you Netflix and Chill with yourself? That pretty much sums that up.)
How do I combat my procrastination disorder? How do I get into the right mind-set for writing?
On the weekends, it’s easy. I wake up around 8 a.m. and take my fur-baby for a long walk and no, I don’t mean a walk around the block. I mean hiking in the woods, him off leash and me running after him in the hopes he doesn’t encounter a porcupine or hyena or something. Sometimes we invite a doggy-friend to come with us to spice things up. When I see his tongue hanging out, I know I’ve done my job and he will snooze for a good three hours.
After his “walk”, we come home, I eat something (unhealthy) because I don’t usually eat until after my exercise time and find a quiet, comfy spot to write. This is difficult sometimes because of Temptation #1. I love my family, I really do, but at times they are insane and I want to lock them in a box. When Temptation #1 goes crazy and chaotic, Temptation #2 also goes crazy and has episodes of the “zoomies” (random bursts of energy). It takes forever to calm Temptation #2 down from a bout of the zoomies.
How do I combat Temptation #1 and #2? Simple, I go to the library. It is literally a five minute walk from my house and is conveniently open late in the evening on weekdays and on Saturday. If I wanted to go to the library on Sunday’s, I would need to drive 20 minutes away. Ugh… driving. If you don’t have a library handy and can’t leave the house because of your chaotic family (much love), talk to them. Tell them you need a few hours of quiet to get some work done. I can guarantee they will understand.
Okay, so what do we do when we open our laptop’s to our WIP’s? Prioritize. I have made a promise to myself, that I will not work on another book, until The Barbarian’s Lady is finished and ready for publishing (stay tuned for the end of June 2018!).
This is extremely difficult for someone, like myself, who starts a book and then down the road gets an idea for another book. So, what I do is simple, I record the idea on my cellphone (almost everyone has one). Once recorded, I push it from my mind and go back to focusing on my writing goals. I know in the beginning it will be hard, but trust me, it is so worth it to have these goals.
I know some authors who can write two or three books at a time and get out ahead, but in the beginning of your writing career, I don’t recommend this. You will burn out soooo fast. Not fun. Then you’re right back at the beginning with no enthusiasm to utilize for your craft. If you are having a blahh writers block day, I recommend randomly selecting a writing prompt from Pinterest or a Facebook group and writing 1,000 words based on that prompt. This will spice up your day and your creativity and who knows, you may even use said prompt in your book!
In the span of my writing career, I set goals and rewards for myself. I still do this to this day as a way to make things more exciting and fun! Here’s what you do. Write for a good 15 minutes, no distractions or procrastination. Set a timer. It helps keep you honest. See how many words you can write in 15 minutes with no distractions.
My 15 minute goal = 500 words
If I get into a really good grove and mindset, I can make it more, but 500 words is ideally the minimum of what I am hoping for in the span of 15 minutes. After I’ve completed the allotted time of 15 minutes, I take 10 minutes and do something mindless. Grab a snack, watch a YouTube video, go on Facebook or Instagram, check email and even clean an area of my room. This is just my random lists of rewards. It could be anything that you can accomplish in 10 minutes.
I have a daily writing goal of 5,000 words per day. I know, it’s scary, but I prepared and worked myself up to what I’m comfortable with. Try just planning to write 500 words per day and then slowly increase it 100 words per day every week. Obviously, some day’s I don’t meet my goal and that’s okay. Life happens, enjoy the bumps along the way. You’ll laugh about it later on.
So, in order to meet my daily word goal of 5,000 words within my 15 minute writing sessions, I will need to have written 10 times for 15 minutes. The total writing time is 2.5 hours every day (10×15= 150/60 = 2.5 hours). This can be spread out throughout the day. Do you have 15 free minutes? I know I do.
Now, please take this into account, I work full-time. I have an hour and fifteen minutes for lunch, not accounting for bathroom breaks which I don’t keep track of. I have a tiny bladder and I drink a lot of water. I utilize the crap out my precious lunch hour.
During the week nights, I take my dog for a quick 1 hour walk after getting home from work. This leaves me the rest of the evening to prioritize myself in an organized fashion. Just kidding, I am a hot mess during the week nights. My evenings are so packed tight with things to do, that I stay up well into the night to make sure I meet my writing goal. The truth is, you know yourself, you know your limitations. Fact: I am not a morning person, I write better at night or early afternoon.
Take the time to get to know you and what gets you in the mood for writing. I’ve noticed over the course of a few months that I’ve started writing like writing ninja. Quick and precise. Worry about silly things like editing later or leave it to the professionals. Get the words out and onto paper!
BONUS: There is a YouTube video that has helped me focus. Plug your headphones in and get to work! Click here for the video!
I hope you enjoy, understand and take what you will from this post. Let me know in the comments how you get in the mood for writing!