How to Jumpstart Writing: Get Out of the House

One of my latest strategies for writing has been to get out of the house as soon as possible. Staying at home may stunt productivity since a host of distractions abound.

While writing at home there is the temptation to throw a load of laundry in, clean up the bathroom, wash a few dishes, and dither around online. All of these can kill momentum and chew away at time that could otherwise be my most productive writing time.

Try this: get up, shower only if you must, and head out to a cafe, library, bookstore, or any other location where you can sit for a few hours with a computer or notebook. Mornings are typically the best time for cafes. Take along an apple or banana or pick up a light breakfast on the way.

Don’t be afraid to buy a drink and/or a snack at your writing location. Having a drink provides something to do while reviewing what you have written. If the cafe gives out codes for the wireless internet, go without. Don’t let anything stand in the way of your writing.

Pick up a project you already have been working on or something new that is exciting. Whatever it is, make sure you begin with something that will prompt immediate writing. Nothing will make you want to write more than writing. If you have some writing that is dull or difficult, don’t do it first. Wait until you’ve accomplished at least a few hundred words and have a reasonable rhythm established.

Don’t forget to take short breaks, walk around a little, do anything to stretch out and keep yourself feeling fresh.

When you go home there is success to build on and you should be in good shape to write some more in the afternoon. On a typical work day, at my day job that is, I find that my hour in the afternoon is some of my most productive time.