An Easy Trick to Get Writing

Are you letting distractions keep you from writing your book?

When it comes to writing books, there are a million things that are easier to do. Everything becomes a distraction and now that Summer is almost here there will be even more. Do you know what’s easier than writing your book? Talking about your book. Complaining about not having time to write your book...well, there might be as much time spent doing that as it would take to actually write the book.

That’s why we want to remind you of this tip to shake off distractions like Netflix or Disney+, etc.: “Butt in chair.” It’s that commitment to showing up that makes all the difference.

Listen, we have nothing against Netflix or Disney+; we have subscriptions, too!!! And maybe it’s not Netflix or Disney+, maybe it’s scrolling on Instagram or fantasy baseball. What’s your Netflix? What’s the thing that you do when you should be writing? Let’s replace it with “Butt in chair.”

Writers often ask, How do I write my book? The simple answer is: Butt in chair. That’s where the work gets done. Showing up is half the battle!!! That book isn’t going to write itself. When we replace our Netflix with butt-in-chair, the writing gets done.

For every Netflix or Disney+ show you watch, there are a dozen pages left blank.

Recently, we saw one of those “Keep Calm” signs slightly modified for our use: “Keep Calm and Butt in Chair.” This is a great mantra, one that can help you overcome your Netflix when it so generously offers to auto-play the next episode.

Remember: Butt in chair = success.



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