I certainly reflect about distractions often on this blog
because I think it is one of the major reasons why writers
don’t write when they say they will. They get bogged down
doing everything but write. And that causes more anxiety
for writers than almost anything.
Here are a few tips to eliminate distractions.
1. Treat your writing as you would a job. Make sure that
when you start writing nothing will take you away from the
task at hand, except an emergency or a bathroom break.
2. Write for the allotted time. If you planned to write for
two hours, make sure that you do. And get into the habit of
doing exactly what you plan to do, unless it is an emergency.
Have a thermos of coffee ready so that you don’t have to
keep going to the kitchen to make yourself some more every
3. As you get into the habit of writing for the amount of
time you initially set out to do, you will be gaining self-
confidence as a writer and you will feel much better about
yourself and your craft. This will yield success over time.
4. Minimize external distractions such as the phone or
internet. When you’re at work, you can’t call a friend and
start talking to him/her in the middle of your work day. The
same should apply when you start writing. Just write. Finish
your allotted time at the desk, and then call your friend.
5. Take your writing very seriously. If you don’t take
your writing seriously, no one else will either. So, make sure
that you make the time to write and stick to the time without
exception as if your life depends on it because it does.
By following these tips, you will be eliminating
distractions in your writing life. And you will be much
more successful than first anticipated.