I have some more good advice for you today from the great Ron Carlson.
He talked about the idea of procrastination. We all find ways to procrastinate. This summer my techniques seem to be doing morning chores, straightening things up, getting food or a snack, driving to Starbucks to write instead of staying at home. Ron said his main way of procrastinating is getting more coffee. He'll run out or it will get cold and he'll feel like he must go and get more.
This, he told us, is the moment when you push ahead. Instead of using one of these devices of procrastination, you need to stay in your seat twenty more minutes and write.
The times when you get up to do something are often when you're stuck with your writing and instead of trying to solve the problem, you walk away. Ron said does some of his best writing during these twenty minutes when he makes himself stay in the seat and write. You can still do the thing that you wanted to procrastinate with, but first, you must write.
I am the queen of procrastination, so I thought that this would be a hard change to try. However, I love it. I've found myself discovering things in my writing that I never would have if I got up from the table. I have also often continued to write past the twenty minutes because I am so excited about an idea.
Similar to the 20 minutes Internet free in the morning, this tip seems so simple. I think you'll see that if you force yourself to write instead of procrastinate, you'll surprise yourself with what you discover.
What do you think? Are you going to try it? Let me know your thoughts and if you take the challenge!