3 Ingredients for a Productive Day of Writing

by Jun 10, 2011Work and Life

Freelancers are frequently asked how we “discipline ourselves” to work away from the office. Discipline can be a challenge. The flip side – the office falls short three essential ingredients for actually getting things done: 1. Solitude – a physical space with a social barrier to entry, whether an office door, a private apartment, or a cafe populated by strangers 2. Physical movement – writing in 90% thinking, 10% typing. The 90% can be done while walking, running, or lifting weights rather than at a desk 3. Background bustle – espresso machines operating, the soundtrack from a movie playing in the next room, that soothing ambiance that makes you feel alive and not like a piece of machinery
Barbara Ruth Saunders is a writer, editor, and writing coach.