There are so many ways that writers can sabotage their own writing productivity. Every writer is prone to be influenced by at least a few of these self sabotagers.
Writing sabotagers are not usually external forces that stop writers from writing, such as time wasters which focus on answering email, having a lack of focus, family pressures that take you away from your writing, and so on.
Writing sabotagers are usually internal constraints that writers, either consciously or unconsciously, place on themselves. Today, I will examine 5 such sabotagers and how to take steps to eliminate them.
1. Avoid Negative thought patterns
Many writers have negative thoughts patterns that have followed them for most of their writing careers. These are usually negative thoughts about certain writing projects or topics and your belief that you’re unable to complete them.
Some writers are even unsure of whether what they are writing is good or up to snuff when it comes to the competitive publishing world.
Such negative thoughts can paralyse a writer’s overall productivity and over time it can cripple how a writer views his/her writing. It is important, therefore, to try and eliminate such thoughts from your repertoire as much as possible by thinking positive thoughts about all of your writing projects.
2. Avoid procrastination
Many writers procrastinate. They have a difficult time to write their articles and/or books until it is too late. This is especially the case when you have to write an article for a themed issue in a magazine or to fulfill contractual obligations which are based on a time line. Many writers start working on these writing projects way too late. And because of this, they are unable to complete their projects in a way that will give them any chance of producing a good quality book or article for publication.
In order for writers to give themselves the highest chance of getting published and not getting rejected, they must write their articles and books in a timely manner and not set themselves for defeat. This will help greatly in ensuring that writers don’t sabotage their chances of success.
3. Get past your inability to finish up projects
Many writers have a difficult time to finish what they start. They start with a lot of momentum and motivation. Over time, this motivation and excitement dwindle down to the point where they could hardly muster enough strength to actually complete their writing goals.
Thus, it is important for writers to find a way to keep motivated on writing projects. One way to do this is to have a reward system for completing sections of writing projects. For instance, if you are writing a novel or a larger project, you could divide the completion of the book into sections and have a reward after you complete each major section of the writing project. The reward doesn’t have to be big. It could be as simple as taking yourself out to a local café for a latte or simply buying yourself a new unique pen that you will be proud of when you sit down to write. These rewards will keep you propelled to complete your projects and stay interested in them.
4. Prioritize your writing projects
Many writers have a difficult time prioritizing their time so that their most important writing projects are completed first. When writers start writing, they will work on whatever strikes their fancy but not on what they planned to write on ahead of time. And this can be a recipe for disaster.
Instead of working on all of your extraneous writing projects, take the time to work on the ones that are the most important first. Then as your writing day starts to dwindle down, you could focus on some of the less important writing projects and obligations, such as updating your blogs, and writing extraneous material.
5. Get rid of all defeatist attitudes
Some of these attitudes can set defeatist tones and attitudes to some of your writing projects before you even start them. They are attitudes such as I can’t do this. I will never get this done. This will never work! Many times, such attitudes can infect your ability to complete your writing projects. You keep thinking that you will never complete this project. It is new to you and you have never done anything like it. Well, guess what?
You can indeed complete any writing project that you set your mind to complete. You can and should be positive at all times about your various writing projects. You should always say that I can and I will do this, but not the opposite. This will have a huge impact on your overall writing productivity.
By following these 5 tips you can eliminate some of your writing sabotagers.
Irene S. Roth
Freelance Writer for Teens and Tweens