3 Steps to Increase Your Writing Productivity

Someone writing in a notebook.

One of the daily problems a writer faces is distractions.

Something always seems to get in the way of our writing—appointments, chores, family, phone calls, visitors, etc.

There’s just no getting around it.

We just have to learn to roll with the punches and get the words down whenever we get the chance.

But there are still ways we can increase our productivity.


1. Schedule writing time and let nothing get in the way.

It doesn’t matter how many minutes you set aside, or if you write on the subway on the way to work.

Use the time to write—even if you only get down a couple of sentences.

Eventually, those words will add up, and you’ll have a lot more than if you hadn’t set the time aside.

Make it a priority in your daily routine and see just how much you can accomplish with minimal effort.

It’s better to make progress a bit at a time than to let it sit on the sidelines never touched.

(Here’s more on finding time when life gets crazy)


2. Set aside a place to write.

Choose a spot in your home to write and make it distraction-free.

Turn off all notifications and the internet, put your phone on silent, and write.

This will help you get in the zone and let the words flow.

If you can’t focus on your writing at home, try a new location.

Go to the library, park, or anywhere you will be left alone.

Devoting time to your writing every day and knowing you can write anywhere can make you a much more productive writer.

Experiment until you find what works for you.

(Here’s more on determining your individual writing process)


3. Think of yourself as a writer.

You don’t need to be published to be considered a writer.

All you have to do is write.

You don’t need anybody to validate your choice of career or how you spend your time.

The only opinion that matters is yours.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Make the time, and you’ll be happier with yourself and your life.

Live the life you want to live.



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Renea strives to help writers develop the focus and skills they need to finish their first novel, offering writers practical writing advice they can apply one step at a time.

She is the author of Conquering Writing Pressures: Living a Balanced Writing Life in a Busy World where she helps writers find the courage to accept life will never be perfect. And if we want our dreams to succeed, we must fight to make them a reality.

She currently lives in St. Joseph, Missouri, with her husband Joe, her three children, and her five lovable furballs.

From a young age, Renea was mad for books and reading, and especially loved Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, which she read in the ninth grade.

She is an avid reader, with her main interests residing in history, mythology, and fantasy, along with some romance and science fiction in her earlier years.

When Renea’s not writing, she enjoys genealogy, role-playing games, and dreams of traveling the world. In a past life, she plucked chickens and milked cows.

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