11 Minutes To A Rock-Solid Writing Habit

11 Minutes To A Rock-Solid Writing Habit

If you know that you procrastinate, so that your writing doesn’t get done, here’s how to develop a writing habit. It works to build any habit, and all you need is 11 minutes — daily.

You know you should be writing, but…

You’re watching a DVD, or Netflix, or you’ve just spent an hour on Facebook when you should be writing. You tell yourself that you’re tired, and you’ll write tomorrow.

Except you don’t, sadly. Procrastination has you in its deadly grip.

It’s time to free yourself.

If you can spare 11 minutes a day, you can do it.

Commit to 11 minutes, and magic happens

Years ago I read somewhere that it takes 11 minutes to change a mind-state. That stuck with me. One day, before heading out for my walk, I focused on my mental chatter: I hate exercise, I have so much I should be doing, I don’t have time… kvetch, kevetch… OK: mind-state — resistant and resentful.

I looked at my watch.

11 minutes? Let’s see. Would my mind-state change?

I kept walking, and took my emotional temperature every few minutes.

At 11 minutes precisely, I started to enjoy the walk. It was fun.

Coincidence, I decided. So I kept watching for ways I could test the “11 minutes” theory again. I tried it on a writing project I’d been avoiding. On household chores. On calling people I didn’t want to call.

It worked. Each and every time, I knew that I only had to survive 11 minutes, and if I could do that, my mind-state would change. It would become a healthy, positive, and often creative, mind-state. That was well worth 11 minutes.

Why the 11 minute trick works to build a writing habit

When my writing students procrastinate, and can’t get motivated, I suggest the 11 minute trick to them. If they can open a computer file, and stick with their writing for 11 minutes, their mind-state will change.

Why does this simple trick work to build a writing habit?

Once you’ve seen the trick in action, you realize that your emotions change: they change constantly. Emotional resistance to writing no longer bluffs you. You may not be “in the mood” to write when you start writing, but you know that you will be — in 11 minutes.

Try the trick

Not in the mood to write? Look at your watch.

Start writing.

Your emotions will change. You’ll become intrigued by, and engrossed in your writing… in 11 minutes.

Write and Sell Commercial Fiction FAST: Bestselling Kindle Genre Fiction Cheat Sheets

Write and Sell Commercial Fiction FAST: Bestselling Kindle Genre Fiction Cheat Sheets
Write and Sell Commercial Fiction FAST: Bestselling Kindle Genre Fiction Cheat Sheets

Whether you’re a new fiction writer, or are an experienced pro, you need hungry markets for your books. Genres come in and out of fashion. Discover the hot genres on the Kindle Store — and write what’s selling NOW.

Our comprehensive new program not only reveals the hottest selling genres, it also helps you to write and SELL them. Enjoy. :-)

, on Twitter: @angee, and find Angela on Pinterest, too.

How to profit from your writing: online store.

Alternote: The OS X App Making Evernote Easier

Alternote: The OS X App Making Evernote Easier

“Evernote needs a dashboard,” I decided a few years ago. I kept hoping that Evernote would develop one, but they didn’t. “And a word count where you can see it, not hidden away…” No joy there, either. Until Alternote.

Alternote is a fascinating new OS X app that’s just what I wanted. It functions as an Evernote dashboard: I can view only those notebooks I want to look at. I can have a list of favorite notes.

And there’s a WORD COUNT (yippee!) in the bottom right of each note. (I’m wiping away tears of joy here, trust me.) Word count’s hugely important to writers.

What I like most about Alternote

See above — I can use Alternote as a quick way of getting things done in Evernote.

I love Evernote’s Mac app, but with over 6K notes, it becomes hard to get stuff done, because:

  • It’s easy to be distracted with notebooks and notes;
  • No easily visible word count when writing (see above);
  • Too many notebooks. Yes, distraction again. I’m a Gemini, and we love bright shiny objects.

You can keep up to 100K notes in Evernote, but I weed out my notes and notebooks regularly. Many notes expire; that is, they’re only useful for a limited time. A goals list for example, is time-limited. Once you’ve achieved those goals — or haven’t achieved them — the outdated list’s just a distraction.

So, the biggest plus for me with using Alternote is that I can cut down on Evernote’s distractions.

I also like the Markdown facility; I write almost everything in Markdown. You can repurpose at will in Markdown, especially with The wonderful Marked 2 app.

In summary: if you’re a Mac Evernote user, and want an app that acts as a useful front-end/ dashboard, give Alternote a try.

Write and Sell Commercial Fiction FAST: Bestselling Kindle Genre Fiction Cheat Sheets

Write and Sell Commercial Fiction FAST: Bestselling Kindle Genre Fiction Cheat Sheets
Write and Sell Commercial Fiction FAST: Bestselling Kindle Genre Fiction Cheat Sheets

Whether you’re a new fiction writer, or are an experienced pro, you need hungry markets for your books. Genres come in and out of fashion. Discover the hot genres on the Kindle Store — and write what’s selling NOW.

Our comprehensive new program not only reveals the hottest selling genres, it also helps you to write and SELL them. Enjoy. :-)

, on Twitter: @angee, and find Angela on Pinterest, too.

How to profit from your writing: online store.

Fiction Writing Program Demystifies Plotting for Writers

Fiction Writing Program: Plotting for Writers

Angela Booth has just released “Hot Plots: Craft Hot-Selling Fiction in 5 Minutes (or less)” — a new fiction writing program for Kindle authors who want to write fast, while writing well.

Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, and Kindle Unlimited, offer opportunities to make self-publishing a viable writing career. Even new authors can experience the joy of winning readers, while they build their skills.

However, there’s a challenge for all authors, whether new or experienced: writing more. Angela’s students discover that their income drops if they don’t publish regularly.

Angela says: “Writers spend so much time planning that they stifle their creativity. They lose trust in themselves, and hunt for plotting formulas. They write much less than they could, and their book sales drop.”

The Hot Plots program reveals that plots are characters in action, with a simple five-step process. The process works for all kinds of fiction — short stories, novellas and novels. It also helps writers to plan series and serials.

Angela developed Hot Plots for those of her students who swore that they couldn’t write fiction because they had “no imagination.” She proved to them that they could write fiction which sells. Established authors found the program freeing. One student said: “for the first time, I feel as if I’m in control of my writing. I’m writing more, and selling more copies of each book.”

“From Idea to Scene, to Story: Hot-Selling Fiction Secrets” is included as a companion program to Hot Plots. It helps authors to focus on scenes, as they develop their stories.

More information on Hot Plots is available here.

, on Twitter: @angee, and find Angela on Pinterest, too.

How to profit from your writing: online store.

For Writers: Closeouts On Bestselling Programs

For Writers: Closeouts On Bestselling Programs

Over the next few weeks, we’ll have some great deals for writers, as I mentioned on the freelance writing blog:

Family problems have meant that my writing time is limited — and I suddenly realized HOW MUCH I was doing. With my time so limited, I need to cut down on my projects, so I can meet my writing goals for 2015.

Going forward, I’ll be concentrating on personal coaching, and on publishing. This means that many of our bestselling programs are closing. This is good news for you, if you’re looking to build your skills, and increase your income.

I’ve set up a page for closeout deals, so keep an eye on that.

Our first closeout deal is for The Professional Writers’ Pitch Book.

A reader asked whether I was still blogging… of course I am. After 16 years, it’s even more fun than it was when I started out. :-)

, on Twitter: @angee, and find Angela on Pinterest, too.

How to profit from your writing: online store.