How to Transition from Reading (About Writing) to Working

I’m writing this as much for myself as for those of you reading this. I know it isn’t just me who finds it all too easy, when I sit down to write, to do other writing-related things instead. Things like:

  • reading writer’s blogs
  • updating/reading twitter
  • adding pics to my book’s pinterest board
  • doing publishing industry research
  • playing with Photoshop (cover design)
  • reading the newest book on writing craft
  • research for a future book project

And more! Do you ever find yourself on the internet or doing other things when you’re supposed to be writing? Yes, it may be important and educational, but does it contribute to your book’s actual word count? No.

Don’t get me wrong – there are times to do those things listed above, especially at the beginning (research) and end (publishing stuff) of writing a book. But during the hours that you should be safeguarding for creating that next scene, you should focus on the writing.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Nix all distractions. This means different things for different people. If you need silence to write, then music or background noise counts as a distraction. If you like writing on paper, then grab a notebook and get away from all devices that use the internet.
  2. Allow yourself some time for those other writing-related things. If you like to write in the morning then use your afternoons for the other stuff. Or pick one day a week devoted to the business side of being a writer.
  3. Know yourself – if you work better with a set schedule (writing every day from 7-8pm) or with flexibility (writing one hour a day at any time of day) then do that.

Let me know in the comments how you move from learning to creating, and how you focus on your writing.