Beat procrastination at its own game, give in.

Updated: Jun 1

For ten minutes. For writers, it's easy to justify procrastination; it's research, "I'm not feeling it yet," waiting for inspiration, writer's block. With a myriad of reasons that in the past have been successful, it's hard not to give in. So, do it. With constraints. Here's the thing, to be a beast in the writing field, you've got to train the muscle. Physically fit people don't do a hundred pushes in one day and expect to gain muscle. No, absolutely not. So why do writers expect the same cram session, over the weekend, hunkered down at the keyboard to produce better results? It's impossible to become great professional writers with spot sessions. Writing gets easier, more fluid with practice.

Solution: Set a time, 4 to 5 days a week that is dedicated to pounding out the script for two hours (novice)/four hours (professionals). Even if you don't feel like it. Even if the sessions yield unusable pages. Write for 45 minutes straight (it's helpful to set a timer) - phone on DND, no social media, no distractions. Then for 15 minutes (set a timer) give in to the urges of procrastination. Once your fifteen minutes are up, back to the keyboard. Voila! You have a healthy writing diet that is sure to result in bulky creative muscle.

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