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Writing: Three tips to increase productivity when writing from home

I found this article entry on one of the blogs/websites that I frequent - this one being one of the that focus on writing, blogging, publishing etc, called http://www.publishingcrawl.com/. Below is an article/post written by a Guest Writer, talking about their experience and advice on how to keep up, and increase a writer’s productivity when writing from home, as well as, seen in the reading, keeping up, and increasing, a writer’s productivity in general. Being that I myself am a writer, and do most of my writing/writing work from home, I enjoyed this article and it’s tip. -smiles-

Guest Post: Three tips to increase productivity when writing from home - http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2014/09/10/guest-post-three-tips-to-increase-productivity-when-writing-from-home/.

by Michelle Krys



Here’s a story that might sound familiar. A few years ago, after I got a book deal, I dropped down from full-time work at my day job, to working just a few shifts every two weeks. I was ecstatic about all the writing I’d surely get done. But when I started writing every day, I made a disturbing discovery: I wasn’t getting any more work done in my eight new hours of free time than when I had to cram it all into the one free half hour I had all day. I would write 1000 words no matter how long I had to do it.

Last year, I blogged about some tricks I picked up to increase productivity when working from home (internet blocking apps and what have you), but since then, I’ve learned a few more helpful ways to kick my butt into gear when the pull of the internet is strong and another episode of Big Brother is on the PVR (don’t judge). And because I’m nice like that, I’ll share them with you.

1. Use a calendar system to record progress. (Red dot sticker for 1000 words, blue dot for 500, yellow for 250, etc). To give credit where credit’s due, I got the idea from Victoria Schwab. It seems so juvenile, dare I say kindergarten-esque, to want to work hard for a sticker, but … I really want that sticker. A calendar with only a few pathetic red dots is so motivating. Conversely, a great week with many red dots is also motivating—I don’t want to sully my awesomely-full calendar with a bunch of yellow dots, or worse, no dots at all. It also doesn’t hurt that the calendar is in a prominent location in my home, there for all to see should I start slacking off.

2. Take more frequent breaks. It sounds counterintuitive, but there’s all sorts of research out there that says more frequent breaks improves the quality of work. I won’t bore you with that research, but basically: it’s a lot easier to focus on one thing when you’re only doing that thing for thirty minutes. Because I have epically horrible focus, I like to work for twenty minutes, then I’m “allowed” to take five minutes to unwind, check email, tweet, or what have you, before I start another twenty-minute session. After I reach 1000 words, I break for lunch, and then it’s back to work. Since I’ve started doing this, I’ve noticed a huge improvement in both my focus while writing and the quality of my work.

3. Push past “writer’s block”. When the words just aren’t coming, it’s easy to put it down to writer’s block and give up. And honestly? Sometimes I do that. Sometimes I just need a break. But since contracts and deadlines mean I don’t have the luxury of being able to take breaks every time I’m stuck, I’ve had to learn techniques to push forward. What I’ve learned is that most of the time, it’s just a matter of figuring out why the words aren’t coming. Maybe it’s that I don’t really know what I want to achieve with the scene, or maybe I’m not sure how I want to achieve it. Sometimes, it’s because I’m not sure where the scene will take the plot next, because even though I’ve outlined, my outlines are often written in broad strokes and finer details can cause major problems. Once I’ve figured out the reason I’m stuck, I can usually find my way back to the words. Laini Taylor says it best: “Never sit staring at a blank page or screen. If you find yourself stuck, write. Write about the scene you’re trying to write. Writing about is easier than writing, and chances are, it will give you your way in.”









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I just found this as I’m relaxing before bed, and it warmed my heart and made me smile - because this is incredibly true of friend and friendship as well as, in my opinion, any and all types of close, positive and happy relationships. -smiles- <3

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LIFE HACKS & SNACKS: Back to School!

Published on 26 Aug 2014

What should I talk about next time? Click below and lemme know!
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LESBIAN SEX GUIDE: 
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(jk it’s a cookbook)

This is a very wonderful time. 

Love,
Hannah

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I’m no longer using this blog so go an follow my personal and my recovery focused blogs.

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This is Megan. Megan was once an inpatient at YCED whilst I was outpatient. When I went to therapy I wished I could go upstairs to the wards and see her. She is such a strong girl, a fighter. And I wanted to tell her in person. She is wonderful

THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass REVIEW | The Selection, The Elite & The One

Published on 24 Jul 2014

Let’s talk about THE SELECTION by KIERA CASS! Please tell me your thoughts down in the comments!

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*Job Hunters is a dystopian dramedy set in the near future about job scarcity and being forced to live with roommates who just might kill you. Check it out!

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Music: Disney’s “DuckTales” Theme Song With Real Ducks!

-grins- Yup, you read the title of this liveJournal entry right - this is the Disney’s “DuckTales” Theme Song With Real Ducks! I saw it on my friend mazz's livejournal this morning - and omg the level of epicness of this music video is just too much!

I loved and still love this cartoon TV Series. 

DuckTales Television Series - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuckTales

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Megan and Naomi’s handmade recovery give away.

Me and my little meggy moo have decided to do a give away.
To enter all you have to do is be FOLLOWING both of our instagram a (@gnomiesrecovery And @meganster) REPOST this along with the hashtag #glittertasticgiveaway !!
I will ship anywhere in the world so don’t let that put you off entering.
The winner will win a selection of recovery aids created by the both of us and a few extra surprises to help support your recovery.
You can Repost as many times as you wish, but please be considerate of your followers.
The winner will be selected at random on the 20th September 2014!!!!
This is also open to anyone following our tumblr blogs, so get reposting on there too!
Good luck guys!
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Affirmations & Daily Motivators: Unhindered by the past

Today’s Daily Motivator really spoke to me and makes me think, giving me hope. It’s no secret that I struggle with quite a few mental health issues that makes it difficult not to ger stuck in my head and dwell on the darker parts of my past, my family life and my health - but this Daily Motivator, which talks about using the power of positive thinking and positive visualization each day gives me hope that using them can perhaps keep me from sinking into my minds shadows. At least a bit, step by step.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Unhindered by the past


What if you woke up each day clearly remembering everything in your past without being emotionally hindered by any of it? What if you could treat each new moment as a fresh opportunity, free of outdated assumptions, resentment, anger, regret or doubt?

In fact, you can. You can choose what to think, and even how to feel.

In this moment, and every moment, you can think of your highest goals as achievable. You can feel passionate about living with positive purpose, and feel fully empowered to do so.

You can view the problems not as permanent barriers but rather as pathways for meaningful achievement. You can see the disappointments not as excuses to give up, but as reasons to push forward.

Your past can inform you, inspire you, and help you to understand who you are. Yet it never has to hold you back.

Right now is your opportunity to move decisively toward what you know is right. Now is when you create the future, unhindered by the past.

— Ralph Marston


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