Anti-Procrastination for Writers: The Writer’s Guide to Stop Procrastinating, Start Writing and Create a Daily Writing Ritual (pdf) by Akash Karia
“Procrastination is like leaving the headlights on in a parked car: it’s a slow drain on your mental battery The longer the lights are on, the harder it is to get the engine started. By continually avoiding doing something you know you need to do, procrastination sucks the energy out of you.”
~ Pick the Brain
What is the best way to improve your productivity as a writer?
I recently read a book by Rachel Aaron titled 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love. One of the tips Rachel offered in her book for increasing your productivity as a writer is to minimize the number of days you do not write. If you can figure out a way to stop procrastinating and write every day: you will experience greater success as a writer.
Achieving success as a writer in today’s age (and especially in Amazon’s ecosystem) is very simple. It’s not easy, but it is very simple: write a great book, publish it and keep repeating the process. The more books you write, the more fans you will gain, the more books you will sell and the higher your income will be.
Just imagine, how many more books would you be able to write each year if you stopped procrastinating and created a daily writing habit? How would that impact your career? Your self-esteem? Your income?
Procrastination is not limited to writers. In an article in the New Yorker, James Surowiecki writes about the cost of procrastination:
Each year, Americans waste hundreds of millions of dollars because they don’t file their taxes on time. The Harvard economist David Laibson has shown that American workers have forgone huge amounts of money in matching 401 (k) contributions because they never got around to signing up for a retirement plan. Seventy per cent of patients suffering from glaucoma risk blindness because they don’t use their eyedrops regularly.
Procrastination also inflicts major costs on businesses and governments. The recent crisis of the euro was exacerbated by the German government’s dithering, and the decline of the American auto industry, exemplified by the bankruptcy of G.M., was due in part to executives’ penchant for delaying tough decisions. – Via New Yorker However, writers are more prone to procrastination than most. For example, consider this take from WhatCulture! on how some writers procrastinate: You’re not a clean freak by any stretch of the imagination, and nor are you a slob, but when you’re attempting to write a novel you become convinced that nothing is clean or organized enough.
You think of cleaning your surroundings as a metaphor for organizing your thoughts so as to produce cleaner and well-structured sentences. Or you at least pretend to – Via WhatCulture!
As a writer, you have no one to hold you accountable except for yourself. You don’t have anyone monitoring what how much work you get done during the day. And you don’t have fixed working hours, meaning that if you lack self-discipline, you can end up wasting your entire day. For example, according to an article on Readers Digest: The French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette used her French bulldog, Souci, to procrastinate writing. She would pluck fleas from Souci’s back and hunt for them in her fur until the grooming ritual prepared her to move on to other procrastination techniques like cuddling with Souci and swatting flies. Only then would Colette begin to work.
In this book, I will show you how to avoid procrastination and create a daily writing ritual. I will reveal to you the same tools I used to write thirteen #1 best selling books
in one year, while still maintaining my busy job as the chief commercial officer for a multimillion-dollar company.
Yes, these tools even work for people who are extremely busy, have families and have full-time jobs. The reason I know these tools work is because they are based on simple techniques that are backed by hundreds of hours of intensive scientific research as well as my experiences as a writer.
Using the anti-procrastination and productivity techniques in this book, I believe that you will not only be able to double your word count but also be able to create a consistent, daily writing habit. No more putting off writing your book till tomorrow!
It’s time to kick procrastination and laziness in the butt and start fulfilling your potential as a writer.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: The Writer’s Guide to Stop Procrastinating, Start Writing and Create a Daily Writing Ritual!
Chapter Two: How to Use the Solar Flaring Technique to Avoid Procrastination
Chapter Three: How I Doubled My Writing Speed
Chapter Four: How to Avoid Procrastinator-Talk
Chapter Five: How to Increase Your Motivation Using These Two Words
Chapter Six: How to Create a Daily Writing Habit Using the Seinfeld Calendar
Chapter Seven: The Two Types of Writers Who Procrastinate
Chapter Eight: 2 Small Techniques to Make Writing Fun – Even on Days You Don’t Want to Write
Chapter Nine: The Perfectionist’s Curse
Chapter Ten: How to Conveniently Stop “Forgetting” Your Writing
Chapter Eleven: Pareto’s Principle: How to Eliminate Disguised Procrastination
Chapter Twelve: Avoiding Procrastination by Eliminating Distractions
Chapter Thirteen: How to Triple Your Chances of Success with the “If-Then” Technique
Chapter Fourteen: Creating Accountability as a Writer
Chapter Fifteen: Pre-Commitment Devices: Why You Should Burn Your Ships
Chapter Sixteen: Using the Pomodoro Technique to Triple Your Productivity
Chapter Seventeen: Wrap Up