The Most Effective Antidote for Productive Writing Ever?

You know, there are many things that can get in the way of committing serious time to writing – procrastination, the need to earn money, TV box-sets and good old-fashioned crippling self-doubt. But I recently learnt that one of the most common impediments to writing regularly is children.

I discovered this when a subscriber to my newsletter emailed me to say – please write an article about writing with children in the house. To be honest it’s not something I’ve given much thought to as I’m sans nipper.

But I was suitably moved by the heartfelt plea and figured the many writerly parents I know may have some insightful solutions – but no…

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The Benefits of Bouncing

Given what I do, it’s no surprise that I take more than a passing interest in the avalanche of writerly advice available online. And nestled in amongst all the apps, infographics, gimmicky utensils and blogs there’s occasionally some really useful advice.

But there’s something I hardly ever see – and that’s articles extolling the virtues of talking through your ideas with a buddy.
I understand why some people rear back in horror at the thought of sharing their ideas or exposing half formed pieces. But as you know from my musings on Writing Groups, I’m a big fan of seeking constructive feedback from a like-minded chum. It’s a no-brainer to have your completed work objectively assessed, edited and critiqued before you publish or send out into the world – but what about while you’re stuck in the thick of it?

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Can’t Find Time to Write? Get Carving

Wish you could find more time to write? Join the very large club.

And have you noticed the very moment you try to find more time for writing projects, non-writing items suddenly quadruple in size and urgency?

I’ve realised that trying to “find time” is precisely where we’re going wrong. We need to take it.

We need to grab it, carve off a chunk and protect it from all invaders.  Sound a bit too Game of Throne-sy?

Bang on, dear reader.  We need to get brutal. There’s only one person on the planet interested in protecting your writing time and that’s you.  It’s time to pull up the drawbridge and fill the moat with piranha.

Want to get that project finished this year?

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