Ultimately you want to put yourself in a familiar situation where you are used to be productive.
It works like any other association: if you always have ice cream watching a TV show, you’ll find yourself craving it as soon as the TV goes on. If you feed your dog after a walk, the pup will start drooling as soon as you get back in the house. If you always write in sweats on your favorite couch, as soon as you get comfy you’ll start itching to get the next chapter going ;)
This is me on my writing couch (my hubby is a photographer, among many other things, and he likes to bust me in my natural environment. The “deer in the headlight face” is me trying hard not to scowl.)
1-Make time. Some days I write twelve-thousand words, some days I just stare. They are equally productive. Staring, thinking, and getting stuck are part of the creative process. I measure my productivity by hours I dedicate to my project, regardless of how I use them. Ideally you make time every day, but if you can’t, create a regular schedule and stick to it.
2-Make yourself comfortable. This will be more important in the beginning, when you will be more insecure and easily distracted.
The space: create a writing corner. This could be a room, a desk, or even just a couch (like in my case). This is your space, and no one in the house is allowed to share it. This is where you retreat when you don’t want to be bothered. I know writers who need a very tidy writing space and are most productive in suits and work attire. Not me, my space would be a maelstrom of notes, books, glasses, and hair clips if my husband didn’t keep me in check ;P
The clothes: I always write in sweats. I remove anything tight and uncomfortable. In the winter, I make sure that I am warm and cozy.
The music: I write either in silence or with very low, mellow music. I have a couple of Pandora stations that I use most with music I don’t find distracting. As much as I like punk, alternative, and rock, when I write I listen to more mellow tunes like Spektor, Radical Face, Iron & Wine, Imagine Dragons, etc...
My phone: I keep it on vibration, but if it starts going crazy I put it on “do not disturb” and forget about it.
My family: they try not to disturb, but anytime they ask for my attention I do my best not to scowl and to give them the love they need <3
With time, I noticed that I made such a habit of writing that now I can write anywhere, anytime: on a plane, in an airport, or in a room full of of loud people. The truth is that the more you write the easier it all become.
Here you can see me writing on a Sicilian beach:
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I am Gaia B Amman, the author of the Italian Saga (#TIS), a YA series taking place in gorgeous Italy, and talking about everything I was told is impolite to talk about ;)
I firmly believe that no one can write your story, so I set out to help other writers get their book out there ^_^
The last volume, book 4, comes out November 6th!!! YAY ^_^
The books are recommended for ages 13 and above, but most of my readers are adults.