Writing -- How to make yourself Just DO IT (A-Z Blog)

Apr 25, 2015 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
I have a cold. I have a messy house. I need to study. I need to wash my hair, the dog, my goat. I need to sleep. There is a new episode of Chopped on TV. I have kids to take care of. I need to hem these pants. I have a job. I need to go to the gym.

I am right there with you -- our lives are busy. We all have things we need to do, want to do, have to make ourselves want to do...and it can be overwhelming.

If writing is important to you, you need to find a way to get it on your to-do list. We make time for things that are important to us. It's that simple.

Jot down your schedule in half an hour increments. Everything on your to-do list. Now, be honest, there is a 30-minute block in there somewhere that you could use for writing. At the laundromat? Perfect. Bring a notebook. Doctor's appointment? Bring your tablet. Find the time. If it's important to you -- you'll find it. (Thirty minutes a day may not seem like a lot, but it's 30 minutes more than you were doing).

"Okay, Sodaro, I have my 30 minute block, but I have nothing to write." Then write that. I  used to tell my students this when I used to teach English classes. Write "I don't know what to write." "I don't know what to write." "I don't know what to write." Over and over again. Your brain will think of something, ANYTHING just to make you not write that sentence one more time. Our brains like to be entertained. So let your subconscious take over and get those words on paper, but better set a time because when the words start to flow, time goes quickly and you still have more to do in your day.

Train your brain. Write at the same time every day and your brain knows what to do when you sit down with pen in hand or fingers on keys. You will get used to your writing time. Make it a habit. Then maybe you'll find more than a half an hour a day to write...

But get to writing.