Ever have one of those sessions (or many)—perhaps even during this holiday season—when you sit down to write and just can’t seem to tame your monkey mind?
Maybe what’s got you distracted is visions of sugarplums, the holiday treats you made last night, or a good old-fashioned banana nut muffin and coffee like blocked writer Nicholas Cage/Charlie Kaufman below. Or maybe you just have to check on all your tweeps and Facebook friends, you know, just to make sure they’re okay. Or maybe it’s just all that #%&!% holiday shopping you still have left to do.
Whatever it is, take knowing comfort in this funny scene from Adapation, the 2002 semi-autobiographical movie from Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and director Spike Jonze.
For Help Getting Your Writing Kick-Started and Being Productive
- If you’re having trouble getting started writing today, read “Six Tips for Writing When You Don’t Feel Like It,” from Writer Unboxed.
- If you’re having trouble getting started period—say, because you feel like you’ve “waited too long”—check out one of my favorite posts from Nina Badzin, on just starting, “Writing Advice from My Husband.”
- For “Tips for Greater Productivity” (Part 1, Part 2) read Annie Neugebauer’s advice.
- For a more general article on being productive while working at home, read “Tips for Telecommuters: How to Tackle Productivity Drains, Bond with Coworkers, and Impress the Boss,” by yours truly.
What “tricks” do you use to write for a certain amount of time and stay focused while doing so?