5 Ways to Start Your Writing Day Right

1. Start writing first thing.

Okay, I eat first, and brush my teeth, things like that. But I don’t give myself a chance to see that the laundry needs to be done, or remember that I was going to buy groceries. If necessary, I leave the house so I won’t be distracted by those things. They can wait. Writing can’t.

2. Prepare to start writing first thing.

For this, you need a time machine. Or, failing that, every time you stop writing, give a little thought to where you will begin the next time. Make notes if you need to. This saves fumbling around once you start writing again.

It’s also good to make sure your equipment is ready to go–laptop is charged, pencils sharpened, notebook not about to run out of paper, whatever.

3. Don’t futz around.

This one is a bit like #1, but applies to once you’ve gotten started. If you find yourself at a natural stopping place, use that time to visit the restroom, get a drink, stretch. But don’t get distracted. Before you get up from writing, apply #2 and figure out what you’ll work on when you get back from your break.

4. Turn off your phone and internet.

You’ve heard it before. It’s still good advice.

5. If you must read first, read something boring.

This advice might only apply to me…but I have a hard time eating breakfast without reading something, so I’ve developed a strategy so I can still start right in on the writing. I don’t take my current exciting reading with me when I go to write. I bring a nonfiction book that I’m reading ver-e-ry slowly, or a light novel that I don’t think will involve me too deeply. The key is to put the book down as soon as I’ve finished eating. And then I write.

Your mileage may vary!

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.

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