The Right Setting to Write

I totally understand what it’s like to sit in from of an overwhelming blank page.

Knowing you should be blogging and thinking you have a topic but the words aren’t writing themselves as predicted.

So I thought I’d give you a couple ideas for set yourself up for a more productive writing session.

Make an outline. Anytime I sit down at the computer with only a headline in my mind, my posts take 3 times as long as they would had I made an outline to follow as I write. Even if they are notes scribbled down, it will still help your flow.

Music or no music? You know whether music helps or hinders your productivity. So don’t have it on if it’s holding you back from staying focused… or maybe just stick to the low key tunes instead of the club hopping jams.

Try writing in another program that’s not as distracting as a web browser can be. I have so many flashing lights and notifications that steal my attention when I write on WordPress or Aweber. Write somewhere else, then format and edit on the website later.

Don’t squeeze it in. Schedule time to write. If you try to get a quality post done between getting ready for a meeting and going to the meeting, you won’t be helping anyone.

What helps you write?


  1. elainecougler

    I find if I schedule a morning time, my head is clearer and I lose myself in the work. I just have to start and away I go, especially if I am actually composing and not editing. And keeping to that schedule five days a week, every week, means a manuscript in a few months. Slow and steady does win the race!

  2. Schmittastic

    @elainecougler That’s great to hear! I’m definitely one of those people that struggles with morning times and all the other things I want to check end up distracting me from that writing time in the A.M. Thanks for the good advice! I’m going to try it and see if it works for me, too. Appreciate the comment, Elaine!

  3. jennstaz

    Writing in another space is a totally good idea…. I’ve had nightmarish things happen inside of WordPress, besides being utterly distracted, that makes this really important. Notepad, here I come!

  4. Schmittastic

    @jennstaz Totally agree! WordPress can get a little coo coo sometimes so having your work in two places is a nice idea anyway. Notepad is the ideal situation so you don’t have to have weird formatting copy over. Too much time on editing. Thanks for your thoughts, Jenn! Hope to see you around here more often!

  5. jennstaz

    @Schmittastic Exactly!! Word doesn’t even work well as an external editor because of the cut and paste. I’ll def be around here more often. Thanks for your response! 🙂

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