What do I call it, writers block? I’ve not actually been hit by writers’ block yet. But sometimes when I sit on my desk and start writing a new post, I just can’t concentrate on writing when I’ve something important to write. A lot of other things bother me; my virus scanner updates, my smartphone’s remaining memory, my credit card’s expiry date and what not. When you try to do something and you can’t focus, even World War III will also be an issue to think.
A writing has to flow smooth with words that brings the subject of the content to the reader with ease. When you’re on writers’ block, you can’t just possibly do it. Everything around you turns into a distraction mode for you. So how to concentrate on writing, when you’re unable to do it.
Listen To Music
This is what I personally do when I’m unable to concentrate on writing. I Love Taylor Swift and I always listen to her songs whenever I feel happy, sad, irritating, exciting. In fact, I’ve never written any post on my blog without listening to her songs. Music makes us feel better and so when you listen to your favorite putting earphones around, you’ll not bother anything and finally you can concentrate on writing your blog posts or else thing.
IMs – Keep Away
Instant messaging services are a lot used by everyone. And the desktop version of the service might be always turned online on your system. So when you write, there will be a lot of people who might distract your flow with their messages. So turn off your instant messengers and email notifiers when you’re writing.
Internet – Keep Away
In one of my blog posts, I’ve already written how I get distracted by the internet when I’m writing. I say, No internet made me write better. Most of the people can’t manage themselves without opening the browser when they have internet access enabled on the system. Make sure, you are logged out of Facebook and other social networks because these are writers’ distractions, in my personal opinion.
Maintain A Schedule
When you’ve prepared a daily routine for yourself then you’ll automatically try to complete the task as per the schedule. When you’re unable to concentrate on writing, you’ll get to know the impact of it on other tasks as you extend the time for this writing. So finally you’ll be forced by yourself to concentrate on writing and nothing else. Having a daily to-do list will be an advantage for a proper time management too.
Where’s Your Cell Phone? Let Go
Personally when I’ve my phone around me, I can’t concentrate on writing even a single line. I look around my Inbox and for the messages that needs a reply. If there is none, I’ll text with a new message to my friends. And this Angry Birds, I play it even if I get a minute break. I started keeping my phone away from me when I’m in writing and I can say, I started writing faster and better. If you’re not a business person, never mind to keep it away in silent mode so that even phone calls can’t disturb you.
Close The Door
No matter you’re working at home or office. But when your door is shut, it seems like the connections between you and the outer world are just broken. Nothing can distract your work and you can write better. A closed door means No Distraction for your writing.
Use Writing Tools
Writer Room and Dark Room which are available for Mac and PC respectively are the best tools to create a distraction free work environment on your system. No IMs, no Facebook, no emails and nothing. All that is available to you is an empty space to write.