People ask how I’ve written, edited and published books/projects in short time-spans in the past. The answer is: focus.
How each of us focuses is going to be different. For some, that focus comes through forcing oneself to sit down everyday with a goal, not “allowing” themselves to get up until that goal is reached. For others, that focus comes through getting alone in a quiet atmosphere with nothing but a computer, warm yellow lamp, scented candles and a goal. Yet others must sit with earphones, a cup of tea and an hourly goal before getting up for a break.
I’m a mixed writing animal. Kind of like a liger, I guess. I take elements from visual learners, linear thinkers and caffeine amped-up college students, and fitness freaks. Combined with my own special breed of…me.
And it’s time to hunker down and get focused. For me, that means the following:
- Stop watching t.v./movies
- Focus the playlist to the type of music my fictional band would produce
- Light up the Christmas lights and candles (ambiance makes all the difference for me)
- Heat up the teapot
- Pull out the dumbbells
- Stay off of Facebook
- Take breaks from writing with music books
- Take breaks from writing with my guitar
- Re-read the prior 3 chapters to the current one
- Daily re-read the song list of my fictional band
- Regularly review the “to do” list for the book (things to add or change as the book is revised)
Many of these things have exceptions (such t.v./movies–if they are in the right era or mood of the book I’m writing, that’s a perfectly relaxation activity for a break between writing stints), but for the most part, I have to stick to this list if I want to finish my book completely by my May 17 publication date.
How do you focus for your writing projects?