Life’s distractions force busy writers to pause today’s writing, stopping your creative flow.
Creative Flow Disruptions
That’s not a big problem, if only for a few minutes. But when the disruption stretches into the next day or even next week, writers often lose their creative flow. Worse, without the inspiration to continue, too many capable writers get frustrated and set aside their writing projects.
Fortunately, bestselling authors use simple methods to continue writing as if they never stopped, and you can adopt their practices today!
Keep Up Your Creative flow
Use these bestselling author practices to keep up your creative flow.
- Use your writing app to mark the status of the scene.
I use Scrivener to mark the status of a document. When I restart writing, I can easily find the “In Progress” scene.
- Write a brief note about your thinking when you paused.
Within the content of a scene, paragraph, or sentence, I leave myself a “bracketed and highlighted note” regarding my thinking at the moment before a distraction forced me to pause writing.
- Record what you have to do next.
I also write myself a note about unfinished tasks.
- Add a link to the research you’ll need.
The worse part of a distraction is when you’ve researched something, but because of the disruption, you don’t have time to use the information. When that happens, I capture the link and paste it into a note in my writing app.
Using these methods, you can:
- Restart writing like you never stopped.
- Work on many tasks without feeling overwhelmed.
- Adopt essential work habits of bestselling authors.
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How do you keep up your creative flow whenever life’s distractions force you to hit the pause button?