1. Write When You’re Most Creative
Writers are creative at different times of the day. For some, mornings are the best time to write. Night owls feel their most creative at night. Discover when you feel the most creative and schedule your writing time to coincide with that time.
2. Be Organized
Keep your work area and your notes organized. Organize your area each day, after you have finished your writing so that you are prepared for the next day. Avoid organizing right before you begin writing because you may get sidetracked with other tasks. When you sit down to write, you want to focus solely on writing.
3. Think About What You Are Going to Write Before You Start
Take a moment before you begin writing to decide on what you will be writing. Briefly skim over what you wrote the day before and think about how you are going to progress.
4. Remove Distractions
Eliminate all distractions. If necessary, wear earplugs to block any noise. Put up a Do Not Disturb sign. Put your cell phone in another room and turn off the television.
5. Set a Timer
Time yourself and see how many words you can complete in a half hour, 45 minutes, or an hour. Give yourself 5 minute breaks to stretch and move about.
6. Keep a Word Count Log
Keep track of how many words you complete in a day. It can be a simple log you keep on a wall calendar or on a sheet of paper. You don’t need any extravagant system - that will only waste your time.
7. Challenge Yourself
Challenge yourself to write at least one more word that you did the day before. Always push to exceed your minimum daily word count.
8. Use Writing Time Wisely
Use your writing time only for writing. Set aside anything else that is not directly involved with writing. This includes social media, writing lists, or organizing papers.
9. Avoid Multitasking
Never multitask when you are supposed to be writing. If you have research to do for the book, focus on that before writing. If you are working on writing, don’t stop and begin researching a fact you need for the book. Instead, type in a bunch of Xs and come back to it later. Don’t try and write and catch up on your favorite television show. Use television only as a reward for completing your work first.
10. Take Mini Breaks When Necessary
When you find yourself struggling for the net word or plot twist, take a quick mini break. Make a cup of tea or take a brisk walk outdoors. Do some stretches and then get back to writing.