1: Build a Writing Bible
My number one tip for writers who want to spend less time slacking off on the internet; build a bible. Create a folder on your computer that has links or downloads of all the information you’re going to google or go looking for online. This includes:
- Story templates
- Settings (You can’t have every location in the world stored on your computer but a direct link to Wikipedia is a good idea)
- Conflict types
- Photo reference (either downloaded images or direct links to Flicker but not Pinterest because that is where time goes to die)
- Other useful links
Wrap them all up in a specific folder and every time you feel like opening your browser “just for a sec” you’ll find everything you need there.
2. Reconnect With Your Goals
The only thing standing between you and your success is you. And that’s true for any industry, career or creative path you’re going to go down. Reconnecting with your personal goals is a sure fire way to get your procrastination under control. Why are you doing this? Why do you want to write that novel? Why is being successful important to you? Why do you want to be an author? List these reasons down and really reflect on why you started your journey as a writer in the first place.