Writing eBooks can be rewarding and a great way to share information in a world where everyone is on the go. Many people choose to read books on their portable electronics rather than go to a bookstore or library. But sometimes, it can be easy to get distracted with the world around us and to not really focus on the task at hand, especially if you have writer’s block. Many writers procrastinate, and it causes more stress because of the time crunch. Here are some suggestions for dealing with procrastination.
Set a Daily Goal
Once you know what your subject matter is, you should write down your goals. First, determine the amount of time that you have to work on the book each day, whether one hour or three hours or more. The length of the book will dictate how much you should work on each day. Decide what is best for your schedule and when the book needs to be finished. Set a time each day when you know that there will be few or no distractions, and use that time to work on your chapters.
Set a Monthly Goal
Sticking to your daily goal is important, but, sometimes, other things do come up. You may need to move your writing time to another time or another day temporarily. Setting a monthly goal will help keep you on track. Setting up a calendar will help you to keep a track for your monthly and weekly goals.
Set a Publishing Goal
The most important part of being a successful writer is meeting your publishing deadline. Setting your publishing goal ahead of time will help determine your schedule, and setting it on the calendar will remind you of the importance of getting your work completed. If you have a publisher expecting your eBook by a certain time, then plan on finishing your work before that deadline; that will give you time to tweak the manuscript. Be sure that you include time to do any necessary research and plan to allow for emergencies. Giving yourself extra time to work on your eBook can help relieve stress, which can reduce procrastination for some authors.
Have a Friend Set a Deadline
Just like most things in life, having someone to hold you accountable can be beneficial. Find a friend who will keep you on track while encouraging you, and work together to set a reasonable deadline. Decide on a schedule for checking in with each other to see how progress toward the deadline that they set is going; that will give you a chance to receive encouragement and perhaps get you back on schedule. If you are having trouble meeting the deadline, talk to your friend about what is holding you back. They may be able to suggest ways to help. Be sure that, once your work is done, you celebrate together!
Writing can be an escape if you don’t allow yourself to get burned out. Writing about something that you enjoy and pacing yourself can help you to turn it into a long and enjoyable career. Remember that everyone gets discouraged, but if you surround yourself with the right people and set goals, you can get through it. Enjoy what you are doing, and you will be successful. People are waiting to hear what you have to say; you just need to get it out there and you will find an audience.