Overcome Writing Distractions—Stop Procrastinating & Write!
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Overcome Writing Distractions—Stop Procrastinating & Write!

How to Be a More Productive Writer—Fulfill Your Writing Goals & Finish Those Big Writing Projects You Keep Talking About
4.8 (64 ratings)
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580 students enrolled
Created by Dave Fox
Last updated 3/2016
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Identify the ways they procrastinate, and fix them so they get more written.
  • Determine their best times of day and places for writing (which aren't always what we think they are!)
  • Create more writing time in their schedules so they finish the projects they've been talking about doing for a long time.
  • Communicate effectively (and happily!) with friends and family to help minimize interruptions when they are trying to write.
  • Understand how electronic distractions such as e-mail, social media, telephones, and a vast array of other electronic distractions disrupt our productivity – often, more than we realize – and discover how to tame those distractions.
  • Find time to write when traveling, even if their travel partner isn't a writer. (A special lesson for aspiring travel writers.)
  • Learn how to use effective and fun reward and accountability systems so they stay on task and keep writing.
  • Begin their days (or their writing times) with a blast of their most effective energy so they hit the ground running every time they start to write.
  • Unlearn a common bad habit in the editing process that stops writers from being productive.
  • Get more written!
  • This is the second in Dave Fox's series of "Writers' Therapy" courses. It is not, however, a "sequil" to the first course in this series. You do NOT have to have completed course number one to take this one. You can do them in any order, based on your needs.
  • Course number one in this series teaches methods and attitudes to help overcome writers overcome writer's block and perfectionism. This course focuses on time management and procrastination. It teaches proven techniques to minimize the vast array of distractions that can stifle or interrupt our writing.
  • This course is designed for writers of all skill levels, from beginners to professionals.
  • Course number one in this series teaches methods and attitudes to help overcome writers overcome writer's block and perfectionism. This course focuses on time management and procrastination. It teaches proven techniques to minimize the vast array of distractions that can stifle or interrupt our writing.
  • The ultimate goal for this course (and all courses in this series) is to help writers be more productive, and to minimize the angst so many people face with their writing.
  • There are two more courses planned for this series. Course number three will look at the psychology of editing and being edited. Course number four will explore the psychology of publishing – everything from pitching stories to editors (and "pitcher's block," which is a bigger problem than writer's block for many aspiring writers), as well as the insecurities around critiques and reviews that many writers struggle with. (Because, hey, we're human! It's scary to throw our words out into the world – but we need to do that! When you get write down to it, stories are what define our lives!

In the first course in his “Writing Mind” series, author and writing coach Dave Fox explored writer’s block – what causes it and how to fix it. Now he’s back with a follow-up workshop that explores time management and distraction management for writers, and for people who want to be writers, who struggle to find the time they need to fulfill their writing dreams.

We’re living in a hyper-distracted world. So many different things are competing for our attention: family and friends, work or school, phone calls, Facebook and so much more. Many of these distractions are things we want in our lives, but they make it difficult to find the time we need to pursue our writing goals. This course teaches you how to manage those things – how to gently talk to the people in your life who don’t understand your need to write, how to shut out electronic distractions and interruptions, how to discover your optimum writing environment, how to build writing time into your schedule, and how to become a much more productive writer.

This course also tackles the age-old problem of procrastination – why we do it, how we do it, and how to stop doing it – because, hey, we all procrastinate sometimes, but if we learn to catch ourselves and do it less, we’ll get a lot more writing done.

If you’re a writer, or you’d like to be one, Dave offers solid advice, proven tips, and techniques you can use right away, to help you write more and finish those writing projects you’ve been talking about and dreaming about for a long time!

Do Dave’s methods work? They’ve worked for him. He has published two bestselling travel books (with a third one on the way) as well as hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles – and he has done this with a major (medically diagnosed) case of Attention Deficit Disorder! He has learned to thrive as an independent freelance writer in spite of his easily distracted brain. The techniques Dave uses to focus on his writing and be super productive will work for anybody, regardless of whether or they have ADD/ADHD.

We are all feeling distracted these days. We can’t eliminate distractions from our lives, but we can learn to manage them and do lots of great writing in spite of them. Dave teaches this energizing workshop with a mix of strategies, encouragement, humor, and a splash of tough love, to help you take control of your time and get more written.

This course also includes a special guest appearance with Andy Bombeck, son of the iconic American humor writer, Erma Bombeck. Dave talks with Andy via Skype about how his mother built her wildly successful career – writing more than a dozen books, and more than 4,000 newspaper columns – at home, while raising three kids.

If you struggle with writer’s block and insecurities about your writing, course number one in this series will help you become a more confident writer. If you struggle to find the time, the environment, and the focus you need to just sit down and write, then this course will help you discover and create those things in your life. You’ll learn how to get a lot more written – and how to let go of that writing angst that gets in so many people’s way.

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"(Dave is) the best writing teacher I have ever had. Talented, funny, approachable, and structured."

 Leslie in Surrey, England

"Dave Fox is an amazing teacher who will give you online feedback as if you were sitting right next to him."

– Joan in Bakersfield, California

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Also check out my other courses on Udemy:

  • The Writing Mind 1: Fix Writer's Block and Write Boldly
  • Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!)
  • Travel Writing: Explore the World and Publish Your Stories
  • Deep Travel: Have Adventures No Guidebook Can Tell You About
  • Professional Humor Tricks for Writers, Speakers, and Other Misfits

Who this course is for:
  • Writers and aspiring writers who aren't writing as much as they wish they could be.
  • Writers (and other creative people) who struggle to find time for their writing due to time-management and distraction issues.
Course content
Expand all 27 lectures 02:42:05
+ Introduction
3 lectures 13:23

Welcome to our course! Distractions and procrastination are challenges all writers face from time to time. This course is designed to help writers and aspiring writers overcome those challenges so they start the writing projects they dream of doing, finish the writing projects they start, and learn productivity techniques to help them fine-tune their time-management skills and get more writing done.

Preview 06:11

I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder at age 41. Prior to that diagnosis, I had already published two bestselling travel books and hundreds of freelance newspaper and magazine articles. How did I manage to do this in spite of my easily-distractible brain? Without knowing I had ADD, I had already mastered a set of time management and motivational techniques that can work for anybody, regardless of whether they have ADD / ADHD, or whether they're just living in our current age in which everybody is feeling distracted and pressed for time. In this lesson, I tell the story of how I used these techniques and approaches to do so much writing.

Preview 05:33

At the end of each section in the course, we will have a short writing / journaling exercise. You can do these on your own, or you can share them in the Udemy forums – which is both fun and helpful as it gives you the opportunity to commiserate and share strategies with other writers.

EXERCISE: Why Are You Here?
+ Time and Space
5 lectures 27:48

The first step in finding the time and space you need for writing is adapting your attitude about why you write and the importance it plays in your life.

Respecting Your Need to Write

Many people who want to write say they don't have time – and yet, most of the time, that's not actually true. Time isn't something you "find." It's something you must create. In this lesson, we discuss proven strategies for making more time in your life for writing, and then following through and showing up for those writing times.

Yes, You DO Have Time To Write! (Here's How to Find It!)

Many people write better at particular times of day. The tricky thing is, the best time of day for writing varies from person to person. Furthermore, our most productive time for writing might not be practical with the schedule we keep.

In this lesson, you'll learn how to determine your best times of day to write (and the answer might surprise you!) We'll also look at how to be a productive writer even when you can't write during your most ideal times.

Your Best Time to Write (... Might Not Be When You Think It Is!)
A Room of One's Own ... Or Not

It's time to head out on a fun series of missions to determine your optimum writing spaces and times.

EXERCISE: Searching for Time and Space
+ Managing Distractions
8 lectures 58:55

There are so many things in the world that can interrupt our writing in a variety of different ways. Some are things we feel tempted to do instead of writing. Resisting those temptations is fully in our control. There are other things we don’t have as much control over, such as family commitments, career obligations, or people walking into the room and interrupting us, which we need to approach a little differently.

Different kinds of distractions must be managed in different ways. We kick off this section with a look at the different things that distract us from our writing, and we gain a clearer understanding of the variety of approaches we can take to manage these interruptions.

Our Hyper-Distracted World

In the history of distractions, the Internet a new arrival on the scene. It is one of the most potent distractions writers face, yet it is also one of our most powerful writing tools – which means that often, we can't just turn it off. In this lesson, we focus on the World Wide Web. We gain a better understanding of how websites lure you into staying on their site or heading elsewhere on the web, and we learn techniques to help thwart those temptations!

Tangled in the Web: One Click Leads to Another

Phone calls, e-mail, and text messages are a few of the ways people can interrupt us from afar. Depending on how we use them, they can help or hurt our ability to get more writing done.

When Communication Interrupts Us

The people in life who we are most close to can sometimes get in the way of our writing. Talking to them about the time and space we need for writing is hard for some people – but there are fun ways you can approach them and have honest discussions with them about our needs as writers.

Human Distractions: Helping Your Family & Friends Understand Your Need to Write

It's time for a special guest! Andy Bombeck, son of the iconic American humorist, Erma Bombeck, joins us via Skype to chat about how his mother managed to write more than a dozen books and 4,000 (wow!) newspaper columns – all while working at home and raising three kids.

Erma Closed Her Door: An Interview with Andy Bombeck

If you want to be a travel writer, you need time to write while you're traveling. But how do you work that out when you're traveling with someone who isn't a writer? Since travel writing is one of the genres I specialize in (and many of my travel writing students are enrolled in this course), I've included this lesson to help you find the writing time you need, even if you're on vacation with someone who isn't a writer.

A Special Challenge for Travel Writers

Some final thoughts on managing our distractions, and writing productively in spite of them.

Living (and Writing) with Distractions

Another fun journaling exercise to help you explore the things that distract you.

EXERCISE: Your Biggest Distractions
+ Take Control of Procrastination and Get More Written!
8 lectures 45:47

There are lots of different ways and reasons to procrastinate. Identifying them helps to change them.

Procrastination: How and Why You Do It

Proven techniques to help you stop procrastinating and get more written.

Overcoming Procrastination
The Power of Accountability
The biggest challenge whenever we begin a writing session is ... beginning our writing session! Here's a 30-second trick to help you get your words flowing quickly.
Supercharge Your First Few Minutes: A Trick to Make Your Writing Flow Right Away

Discover one of the most common ways people sabotage their writing projects – and how to avoid doing that to yourself!

What NOT to Do When You Begin Writing Each Day

What do you do when you're in a writing dry-spell? What can you do during the times you're not writing to keep your writer's brain active, and how do you get rolling again?

How to Get Through a Writing Drought

This bonus lesson first appeared in the first course in this series, but its information is equally relevant here – so for those of you who haven't taken that course, I'm including it here as a free bonus lesson.

Bonus Lesson from Course #1: How to Harness the Writer's Law of Inertia

Another fun writing exercise: In this one, we switch from journaling to letter writing.

EXERCISE: Dear Distractor
+ Where We've Been and Where We're Going
3 lectures 16:10

We take a look back at the key points to this course and re-examine the steps you can take to be a more efficient and productive writer.

Solidifying What You've Learned

An course is coming to an end, but some bonus lessons are on the way! You can also find out in this lesson about how to reach me if you're interested in my other courses, one-on-one writer coaching, or if you have quick follow-up questions or just want to say hi.

More Ways to Spiff Up Your Writing Skills

Your final assignment for this course will help you get more written -- today!