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!

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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