“I’m still trying to finish my (pitch/script/novel/memoir/blog post)”
by Marla White
Sound: Is it easier for you to think if you’re playing music or in absolute silence? I know a writer who prefers to listen to movie soundtracks, but maybe your thing is heavy metal. If you aren’t sure try a bunch of different kinds and see what happens.
Space: There are all kinds of shared office space opportunities popping up so if you find you get sidetracked too easily at home, look into one of those. It’ll cost you a few bucks, but maybe it’s the investment in your writing career that you need to make. I work better outside, but maybe that’s because my desk is so cluttered. Maybe you needed to de-clutter a space of your own?
Clothes: Pajamas are my most favorite outfit to write in, so thank God I don’t write in a shared space or that would be weird. Maybe making yourself dress in nice clothes will make writing feel more like a profession for you than a hobby?
If you’re not getting the words on the page as often as you want, look at these areas and see what you can do to improve your writing environment.
The main thing is to come up with a plan on how to reach your goal of writing. Yes, life is full of change and you may have to alter your plan, but that doesn’t mean throw it out the window, it means come up with a new plan. Forgive yourself when you stumble, but never ever ever give up on your plan.