I am mentally more productive at night than during the day. I don’t know why, but I’ve always been like this. I am a night owl. But it doesn’t mean that I don’t get much writing done during the day. I just tend to work faster at night. Here’s the link to one of my posts where you can catch a glimpse of my weekday life. When I write during the day, I make sure to only touch my phone when there are phone calls, messages or emails regarding work or my son. Otherwise, I will ignore it and check back during my break. I am not even tempted to check my social media accounts. Once my mind is set on writing, I only write and focus hard. During this time I’ll have the music on (specifically nineties) in the background. I cannot work in a quiet environment. My mind will just go blank and I will be in a much worse situation than a writer’s block. And no amount of writing exercises can get me going again. At night, I will have the TV on while I work. The TV and music in the background serves as my inspiration, and I only have them on during the writing/drafting stage. During the editing/proofread stage, I will need to work in a quiet environment because I need to hear my own voice in the head.
Overall, I do get little sleep, but I’m used to it. If you are going to go down this route, make sure to stay as healthy as possible; have a healthy breakfast, drink plenty of water and workout. Your mental and physical health will have an effect on your writing.
Whether or not you have enough hours in a day to write does not make it an excuse not to work on your writing. Do your best and just write. It is only an excuse if you make it one. Of course, nothing is perfect. There have been times when I’ve gone to bed thinking I will get back to my writing schedule the following day. This only happens if I’m on breaks and have non-writing commitments to see to. In that case, I will catch up on my writing as soon as I can. I never leave it for long to catch up. I am constantly thinking about my writing.
If you are easily distracted while writing, then motivate yourself. Remind yourself why you want to write in the first place. I am always motivated when readers purchase my books. It is not about earning the money. It is knowing that there are people out there who are reading my hard written works that makes me want to finish my next book and the next and the many after that. You don’t want to regret it later on thinking what if you had finished your writing earlier or what if you hadn’t gotten distracted.
I’ve mentioned that I like to pen the beginning stage of my stories rather than type it straight onto the computer/laptop. It might seem like it takes up a lot of time, but for me, I can work faster this way. It’s what I feel comfortable doing. At the end of the day, writing is not a race. Every writer/author works at a pace that is right for them, including how much they can get done. It’s all about getting to the finish line.