You might have plenty of good ideas for writing a book but lack the discipline and motivation to do so. That’s the subject of this article: discipline. We’ll provide a few great tips to discipline yourself to write a book.

How to Discipline Yourself to Write a Book

Here are seven essential tips to discipline yourself to write a book.

Create a Schedule with Incorporated Writing Time

Writing a book requires a lot of time and effort. Therefore, you need to create a schedule that will give you enough time to write daily. Of course, you don’t have to write every day, but you must have a plan that gives you enough time to write regularly.

This means you could create a schedule that sets aside 30 minutes daily to write. However, sticking to that schedule is more important. This is no different than having a doctor’s appointment or a meeting. There’s no sense in creating an appointment if you don’t follow through.

The time you spend writing every day or week is up to you. Some say it is best to write every day, whereas others say writing two, three, or maybe four times a week is adequate. But, again, this is something that you will have to determine for yourself.

However, it’s essential not to take extended breaks between writing. It’s much easier to continue writing if you do so regularly, rather than having to pick things up, more or less from scratch, every time you resume.

At the same time, ensure your schedule is specific regarding how much time you spend writing and when you write. For example, some people work best in the morning; some have time on their commute to work; some work best at night when others are asleep. So find time to write—create a schedule, and adhere to it.

Have a Good Space to Write In

One of the biggest problems when finding the discipline to write a book is not having a dedicated writing space. If you live in a chaotic household full of kids, pets, and responsibilities, there are too many distractions to concentrate on writing.

For this reason, you need to find a good space to work in. This could mean creating a small home office you can write in, where other family members aren’t going to intrude when you are writing. If you don’t have space at home you can use, go to a library or a local coffee shop.

You need a dedicated space for writing; it will give you a quiet space to concentrate, reinforce your writing habit, and motivate you.

This is not unlike having a gym membership. If you already paid for and have a gym membership, you’re more inclined to get your money’s worth. However, if you don’t have a gym membership, you’ll be much less motivated to exercise in the first place.

This has a lot to do with routine; humans are creatures of habit, and we get used to certain things and spaces. Therefore, if you create a routine that has you going into your safe writing space daily, you’ll get accustomed to it and eventually might start craving it.

Therefore, a separate space that is comfortable and quiet, with all the tools and equipment you need for writing, will help motivate you and will help you concentrate.

Tell Others About Your Commitment to Writing

Another way to discipline yourself to write a book is to tell others about your commitment. This is especially the case in terms of the other people in your household and your friends. You want to let other people know you are committed to your writing and that you will spend X amount of time daily writing.

First, this will let the people around you know that you are dedicated to writing and that they need to leave you alone when you are doing so. Finding quiet time is essential because you can’t write a book if people interrupt you.

Moreover, letting others know about your commitment can self-motivate you. When you tell other people about your commitment, it reinforces that commitment to yourself. So it’s not just about telling others but also about telling yourself that you are committed.

Don’t Allow Others to Interrupt Your Dedicated Writing Time

Moreover, it’s imperative to stick to a set writing schedule when you have a set schedule. We aren’t talking about finding the motivation to go into your writing space but finding the strength to tell others to leave you alone or while you are writing.

First, you must tell everybody about your writing schedule to ensure they will leave you alone during this time. Of course, you have responsibilities, some of which can’t be avoided. However, there are ways to ensure your writing time is not interrupted.

For example, if you have kids that need looking after and dishes to be washed, one idea might be to get your kids to do those dishes. At the same time, this also means you don’t go on social media, talk on the phone, answer emails, etc. Whether it is your boss, parents, children, or friends, you don’t want to let anybody interrupt your dedicated time.

During Writing Time, You Write

One of the biggest mistakes people make about their dedicated writing time is writing random things. For example, if your plan is to write a book, you might get distracted and start writing shopping lists, creating schedules, etc. However, if you have dedicated time to write a book, you should do nothing else.

On that note, another mistake is procrastinating and not doing what you’re supposed to do. Discipline and procrastination are the opposite, and when you should be writing, you should do nothing else. You don’t want to be staring at a blank page, looking for inspiration from other sources, or even doing research.

If you must research your writing, do it at a different time. Even if your writing isn’t meaningful, it’s more productive to write something down than to focus on something else, even if you are suffering from writer’s block.

You should be focusing on what you have planned and nothing else. In other words, remove all distractions that might take the focus off writing.

Stop Focusing on Word Count

Yet another mistake is focusing on word count. We aren’t talking about the overall word count of your book but rather how many words you plan to write regularly. For instance, some people plan to write 10,000 words in an eight-hour writing session.

However, you should focus more on the content and the quality of your writing than the quantity. Some people can write 10,000 words in a day, but this may be unrealistic for many. You should never set word counts because you demotivate yourself if you don’t achieve them.

Your daily word count is a goal; if you don’t meet it, you’ll be disappointed. You want to write clearly, concisely, and accurately while focusing on the details and the precision of your work. How much you manage to write daily is less critical. Writing well is always better than writing more.

Don’t Forget to Take Breaks

Sometimes you need to take a break. For example, if you write from dawn to dusk, you might get a lot done, but your productivity will decrease as the hours draw on. This is because you’re going to get fatigued, and your brain won’t think properly.

Therefore, we recommend taking a 10-minute break every hour and focusing on something else to refresh your mind. The longer you sit and work without taking your break, the harder it will be to get anything done.

Final Thoughts

Following the tips we discussed, finding the discipline to write a book should become more manageable.

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