Posts Tagged ‘story tracking’

How to keep your focus

We are a distracted society. Amid phones in our hip pockets, movie must-sees, and political blather, it’s hard to concentrate on any one thing. No wonder we lose the thread of our novel in progress with the constant interruptions of texts, twitter and TV.

Here are some of my strategies for keeping focused on the novel.

Writing is not a dinner party.

If you mean to be a professional writer, prepare to give up a couple things. You’re going to have to make time somehow, and you were already busy. So what’s going to go? Good Morning America? Political blogs? Two TV nights out of seven?

Up to you. Decide now. With a nod to Mao Zedong, (“Revolution is not a dinner party”) we can’t find our focus if we can’t find the time. Read More…