on Writers Helping Writers:
Writers are master excuse-makers.
Whenever we don’t get the writing done, we have a library of excuses ready to use.
I was too tired.
I was in a bad mood.
I didn’t feel well.
I had a hard day.
I didn’t feel creative.
I thought I’d have time later.
My personal favorites are “I didn’t have time,” and “My brain was fried.” You probably have a few you regularly use too.
Excuses are dangerous, though. They prevent us from achieving our writing goals. They can also make us think that it’s not our fault when we don’t meet our daily writing quotas.
Something else happened, we say to ourselves, or someone else got in our way. It was out of our control!
But of course, nothing could be further from the truth. We are in complete control of our schedules and our choices.
How can we shake ourselves loose from all this excuse-making and boost writing productivity? Here are three methods that might work for you.