Promo Advice Tuesday: 5 Tips for Making Your Writing Your Priority

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When you not only write but work a day job and have a family, finding time to write can be difficult, especially when you don't make writing your priority. Here are five tips for learning how to make your writing your priority.
1. Be selfish. Don't worry about this, it's okay to be selfish with respect to your writing, after all you're a better person when you're allowed the time write, and when you allow yourself the time to write. I know I am.

2. Schedule a time during your day each day to write. Whether that is when you first wake up, or before you go to bed at night, schedule a time to write. It doesn't have to be the same time every day, but make sure it is part of your regular schedule. That way you'll be sure to get your writing done, and you'll enjoy it more, and it will come easier when it becomes a habit to do so every day.

3. Have a writing plan. Decide what you're going to work on ahead of time. Whether that's blog posts, or your novel or freelance articles, and then stick to it. Try not to get distracted by other writing projects you may have. If you do find yourself doing so, gently bring yourself back to the planned writing project and begin working on it again.

4. Decide on how much time you're going to work on your writing project ahead of time. This way you can tell friends and family, "please don't interrupt me for thirty minutes or three hours whichever it may be. Then set a timer or use an online bell such as the mindfullness bell. Write until the bell goes off. Don't edit, don't go back and re-read what you've written, you're just writing now that's it. And remember it's okay to write badly, some of my best stuff has ended up being from stuff that initially was some of my worst writing!

5. Shut the door to your office and put out a do not disturb sign. If that won't work, maybe you don't have an office or writing cave to go into, go to a local coffee shop and purchase some tea put your headphones on with soothing music and then write until your bell goes off!

I hope you find these tips helpful! They're working for me and I hope they work for you as well.