PRACTICAL ADVICE: HOW TO SIT DOWN EVERY DAY AND ACTUALLY FINISH A PIECE OF LONG FORM WRITING
- •Turn on the Freedom app.The web will ruin your life. Certainly your writing life. You have to be unplugged to accomplish anything.
- •Make realistic goals.If you expect too much of yourself you'll just end up slacking off and sparking up a bowl or watching all five seasons of the Wire Instead. Or, I mean. Some people do that. My demand of myself nowadays is three hours a day, five days a week. But even an hour a day is fine.
- •Shitty first draftsAnnie LaMott said it and it's the best advice. Don't try to write well at first. Just get your 500 or 1000 words a day down on paper. Luminous prose is for rewrites.
- •Get a buddyIf you're really fucking off, meet a friend at a cafe and write side by side.
- •Vow to donate to a loathsome causeWhenever I'm being super lazy I tell the Internet that if I don't reach my weekly word count I'll donate to the Westboro Baptist Churh.
- •Have more than one writing project on backburner.You can use your procrastination on one to work on the other.Suggested by @videodrew
- •Change your circadian rhythymThis won't be popular so I'm guessing it won't make the list, but I get my best writing done between midnight and five am. But I sleep till noon.😇Suggested by @videodrew