Whoever writes knows that apart from being a creative act, which requires a lot of imagination and inspiration, focusing on writing is also a state of mind – without concentration, words fade and fail to fill an increasingly white page.
The rule of thumb for successful writers is: no matter the medium, writing any type of text requires concentration. But everyone has gone through a time when distractions call us and attract far more than the task we need to accomplish. Have you started a blog, book, TV script or movie and are not getting ahead? These 10 tips will help you focus while you write! Follow:
To begin with, you should realize that sooner or later you will be distracted. Accept reality and do not feel guilty every time it happens. Now that you know the enemy, you can better prepare to defeat him.
Whenever you notice distraction approaching to disrupt, take control of the situation and remember how important it is to always stay focused.
We have seen that focusing while writing is vital. But a lot of people think that the very important thing is to have plenty of time available. Not true, as it is possible to manage the time available to meet writing goals.
Look at your weekly obligations and see where there is space to devote to what you need to write. It can be an hour a day during the week, plus the whole afternoon of Saturday and Sunday night. The essential thing is to adapt your reality to your will to write.
You are uninspired or have caught a cold and need to rest. Maybe a problem arose and you were sad, scared, without self-esteem. Feelings come and go, but your concentration on writing must be constant. All right, you’re tired. So, write only half the time you had booked. Remember that every word counts.
If your plan is to write and publish a whole second and fourth article or complete a book by the middle of the year, you are asking to be distracted. This is because we underestimate the time it takes to finish a text. Besides, we cannot control the contingencies. Keep your pace and deliver what fits into your daily schedule.
For every 50 minutes of full concentration it is important to rest another 10 or 15 minutes. Without pauses the brain becomes overwhelmed and fatigue appears. But beware, the breaks need to be necessarily regular, because over 15 minutes is enough for the concentration to go away for good.
In that time, you can go for a walk, stretch your muscles, drink water or coffee, anything that relieves tension.
If your writing assignment requires prior research, do it before you start writing. Because? Because researching and writing simultaneously can negatively affect concentration levels, since you will be jumping from text to the Internet to the office shelves looking for a book … and eventually doing nothing too concrete. Research must be a work that precedes writing itself, so as not to hinder its natural flow – we already know that peering at just that link, can lead to another and another and to just one more … If during the act of writing detect missing information or data, leave a blank space, make a note in your notebook, and in the end search for everything you need to complete the writing project.
Sometimes assuring concentration when writing can be turned into a game or challenge. Simple: Determine that for each half hour of writing you will be rewarded for 5 minutes to surf the Internet or after writing 500 words, you are entitled to a 10-minute break. The “goals and rewards” system is a vicious cycle, but of high productivity because the writer wants to reach the reward, so he will work in this direction; And once he has enjoyed the break, he will return to the writing with renewed energy and willingness to reach the next reward.
Try to write in the same place always, as this routine helps you concentrate better because when you are in the “text location” your brain already knows the time has come to produce. The ideal environment should have good lighting, should be comfortable, quiet and preferably without phones or people interrupting. You could place a “do not disturb” sign on the door if necessary.
When writing, do it on a desk, sitting in a good chair and in a proper posture. That will help you concentrate.
Trying to do the tasks from your bed will not help you since your mind knows that is where you sleep, and not where you study.
Sit down, disconnect from everything around you, internalize the work ahead and just start writing-if you feel truly passionate about writing, it will come naturally and with it the level of concentration you need to Write without limits. Fall in love, get involved, focus and make writing a priority.
Now it’s up to you! Practice a lot. After a while, the habit will take care of everything and you will concentrate while you write with less effort.