Writing isn’t the most difficult job in the world. It’s not physically taxing like physical labor is. You don’t have to study for years to do it, they way you have to study to be a brain surgeon. It doesn’t take physical courage like it takes to be a first responder. But it does take discipline, focus, and sustained effort. Writing your e-book, you’ll probably have a number of distractions, tasks and responsibilities. One of the best ways to make it just a little bit easier is to create a productive environment for writing your e-book.
Need help getting started? Here are some ideas.
#1 – Eliminate distractions.
While you may need to have your computer on to write, you don’t need the television on. And you probably don’t need to have your email account open. You certainly don’t need to be interacting on Facebook.
And those notifications you get whenever any of your friends posts on Instagram or SnapChat, or sends a message to the group message with eleven people on it? Yeah . . . no.
Are you one of those people who tries to write while you surf the net, watch television, check your email, and interact on social sites? If you are, don’t be.
It’s just not productive. You can’t do justice to your writing if you are just dabbling in it while you otherwise entertain yourself. The best way to be productive is to focus on one task at a time. When you’re writing your e-book, get rid of all other tasks and distractions. Turn off your electronics, turn off your phone, and close your email inbox.
#2 – Clear the clutter.
Clutter on the desktop creates clutter in your mind. You want to write with clarity and focus so you should start by bringing clarity and focus to your physical surroundings. Get rid of the clutter before you sit down to write. Better yet, don’t let the clutter happen. If you need to, however, clean your desk off before you write. You can’t have a productive environment for writing your e-book if your desk and workspace are cluttered.
#3 – What do you need to write?
You probably need a computer or a pen and paper. Maybe you need a reference book or notes you have taken as you researched your subject.Do you need something to drink? What about tissues? Would you like to open a window or turn up the heat?
Before you sit down to write, make sure you have everything you need. Or take care of things that absolutely need your attention before you work on your e-book. For example, you may be able to sip on a cup or coffee or a glass of water while you write, but you should probably go ahead and eat first instead of trying to type while you hold a sandwich.
Take care of your needs first. Then sit down and write. That way you can focus until your content is written. You won’t have any reasons to get up from your desk.
#4 – Do not disturb.
If you work from home, try to set boundaries with your family. Let them know you’re writing and need quiet. If you have children and they’re young, then consider writing when they’re asleep. It’s hard to have a productive environment for writing your e-book when your little ones are tugging on your sleeve for your attention.
#5 – Surround yourself with inspiration.
Writing is a creative process. Even if you’re writing very dry material, you still have to create it and make it interesting. You’ll have better success if you feel inspired and creative.
Surround yourself with things that make you feel creative. Make your writing environment comfortable. Now, you don’t want to fall asleep but you do want your workspace to be someplace that you are drawn to. Create a haven around your computer desk.
Take items that have meaning for you or are beautiful and give them appropriate places in your workspace. You might include plants, photos, other mementos, or books.
#6 – Get It Done
Finally, think of your writing environment both in terms of time and in terms of space. To be productive, limit your time at your writing desk and set optimistic but reasonable goals for how much you can accomplish in that time. Decide how much time you have to write. Set a timer and write without stopping.
Take steps to create a productive environment for writing your e-book. It’s one of the frequently overlooked things that can improve your writing and help you stay on task. If your goal is to write and publish an e-book, pay some attention to this and you’ll reach your goal faster.
Now I want to hear from you. What are your best tips for creating a productive environment for writing? Let us know in the comments.