Never confuse movement with action. --Ernest Hemingway
It is quite easy to confuse "busy-ness" with "business," especially if you begin your work session without a clear focus and intention. Here are two productivity tips to help you focus your writing sessions.
- If your goal is to finish writing a manuscript, ask: "What specific actions will move me forward?"
Here's an incredibly obvious but (judging from my own and my clients' experiences) oh-so-difficult concept to remember:
- In order to finish writing a piece, you must write, even if your end-product is a hole-filled "swiss-cheese draft."
- If your goal is to boost your freelancing income, ask yourself: "Is this an income-producing activity?"
Resist the temptation to confuse these writing-related tasks with the task of writing itself:
- platform-building (teaching, social networking, blogging, etc.)
- marketing (researching/approaching agents, setting up readings, etc.)
- purchasing, record-keeping and other administrative tasks
Can you relate? What other tasks convince you that you're writing, even when you're not?
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