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I have worked from home for over fifteen years, I treat it like a job, with minor laxities (but not in my schedule). I have a separate cell phone which is the only number I give for work colleagues. On my personal phone, my message is approximately: "I am working, if this is an emergency then text me, or leave a message and I will check at my next break." ...


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The number one thing you have to do is set boundaries and stick to them. As a freelance professional, this is as much a part of your job as the actual writing. If you aren't respecting your work hours, no one else will either. So, train yourself to NOT answer your phone OR your door during your work hours. If it's important, people will leave a message. ...


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As a quick preamble, note that I am not a professional writer, and therefore I am not speaking from experience. From the sounds of it, you've tried the sensible approach. I'm going to assume that there are some people among the group that you can trust not to bother you during a work day, though, even if they are not in the majority. My suggestion then is ...


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Should you take a break from writing? Yes. Writing is, at its core, a creative process (especially where fiction is concerned). You can't force creativity. Or at least you shouldn't. If you try to force your writing, your writing will be... well, forced. A rule of writing I've always followed is that if things just aren't working out or you don't have ...


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Unfortunately, having a full-time job usually means that being able to write during the time period that is most effective or productive for you simply may not be possible. Because of that, you will need to determine what time you have available and then decide on where you can slice out a period of time that you can make available just for writing. Many ...


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First of all, I would argue against your assertion that your creativity is in limited supply and that when you exercise your imagination through role playing you are somehow diminishing the quantity of creativity which you can apply to your writing. In my experience, creativity is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. What are in limited ...


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Just to emphasize what others have already said: If, as you say, your explanations "go in one ear and out the other", then that is because through your behavior you have indicated that your explanations are irrelevant and inconsequential. If you say you need to not be interrupted but then answer the phone, you effectively say that you can be ...


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As a working scientist, there are interruptions at the bench all day. As a teacher, people say "Those who can, do. Those who cannot, teach." I believe there are a number of jobs that do not have the privilege of quietude or respect that you describe. Others, do perhaps, but I suspect that is a 'top dog' quality not a job quality. I bet famous authors don't ...


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Procrastination is as much as part of this job as creativity. We all do it. Writing isn't easy most of the time, and most of the time, I'd rather be washing my husband's underpants than writing a difficult scene. But, when I don't write, I feel awful. It's a double-edged sword! TOOLS I use two tools to keep myself on track: SCRIVENER Not only is ...


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Writing is just a side-line to me, but I work from home, so my situation is similar. I don't have the nerve to refuse to answer the phone or the door. I'm too worried that it might actually be an emergency, or at least something important. But I simply don't let people barge in on me. If someone calls me when I'm working and it's not an emergency, I say, "...


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A few hours? Why, that's a good amount of time. If you sit down and write for them, you will be able to write a lot of works. Some things that may help are having a set scheduled time in which you must write -- or sit at your writing desk and do nothing -- or having a minimum daily quota, which should be longer than the amount of writing it takes you to ...


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The ideal solution, despite being impracticable for most writers, is to find a new workplace in order to work in isolation. A small office, close to your home should do. Some musicians afford a separate place for rehearseing their songs - but they do have more requirements (acoustic-wise and so) than writers. For cheaper alternatives, a coworking office, ...


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Water Mosley, in This Year You Write Your Novel, insists that you must write every day. Not just to make progress, but also to keep yourself inside "the dream of your story," so that regular exposure to the story keeps it working in your unconscious even when you're not consciously working on it. To me, this means that you shouldn't skip a day, even if you ...


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Yes. I didn't even have to read your question (but I did). The answer is yes. Write 25K words in half a year. That's perfectly respectable. I work full-time, and often 2-3 hours a week is optimistic for me. Maybe you'll crawl along, maybe you won't be fully satisfied with your work. Hell, maybe you'll end up tossing everything you've written before your ...


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I'm going to answer your question by telling you about a nearly identical experience I had. I get myself fired up to write by going to YouTube and searching for 'epic music mix'. There are several channels which compile truly epic music and use awesome artwork as a background. The result rarely fails to disappoint. When the music and artwork coincide ...


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The safest time to take a break is between projects, I think. Taking a break in the middle of a project could kill it, there is too much of the project still in your head, held in 'working memory'. As long as the characters still live in your mind you won't lose that, but when you stop writing and are no longer reinforcing the machinery of the story by ...


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"No time" is never a matter of time. It's always a matter of priority. If you have no time to write, that means you're giving other things priority over your writing. If you want to write, you'll have to give it a higher priority. You'll have to let go of something else. If you aren't prepared to sacrifice your other responsibilities right now, let that ...


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You might find Scrivener to be useful. Scrivener is a writing program which allows you a lot of control: organization, nesting files inside folders inside folders, tags, summaries, highlights, links, snapshots of individual bits of writing, and so on. If you want to be able to recreate a lost project from an outline, you simply have to have a very detailed ...


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In my experience, the content sites were sinking fast years ago. I honestly stopped looking. However, if you want to write quality content, it's not hard to find people looking for it. Back in the day, getting 4¢ per word was not unreasonable, but today, it probably won't happen at your typical site. Sites that pay per-word have to hire people just to ...


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As requested, I'll try to write more about my comment regarding https://www.kalaage.net First of all, I DON'T work for this site. So this is NOT an advertisement. I have used it for just a few weeks, I can say it is safe and it shouldn't be a scam. (But since I've never earned because I never qualified to get the minimum number of "Views" and "Nice reads" ...


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Probably, the real answer is as simple (complicated?) as Charles Bukowski's, So You Wanna Be A Writer http://allpoetry.com/So-You-Want-To-Be-A-Writer Here's an excerpt: So You Want To Be A Writer if it doesn't come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don't do it. unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut, ...


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This depends greatly on the writer. You might need to try a few different methods to find what works for you. For me: I dedicate four hours every morning. Measuring by word count doesn't work for me because I think different scenes require writing at different speeds, also: research. I need momentum to write, so I try to never leave more than two days ...


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Welcome to the forum. First, to put your mind at ease, each November, many writers participate in a mad rush of writing that averages 1600 words per day per writer. (50,000 words in a month, about 200 pages of standard margin, double-spaced 12 point font text.) You have three weeks and need forty pages (at standard formatting, about 10000 words). You can ...


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Jack Kerouac's On the Road was famously typed in one long paragraph on a single 120ft scroll of paper, over 3 week coffee and Benzedrine bender. The story isn't entirely true – it had been previously worked out in drafts, and the whole thing was edited after-the-fact, but there really is a long (taped) scroll of paper, with pencil notes and strikethroughs. ...


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My only problem is when I find the need for research something in the internet for my writing. I'll say what works for me. I use Focus Writer I turn off not only my computer's wi-fi, but my router as well When I feel the shallow need of searching for something, I write down what exactly I want to know and leave it there. So when I really feel the need for ...


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Sometimes I promise myself a reward. "I can (indulge in XX) when I have written 300/500/1000 words." Sometimes I make a to-do list first. Making a list is easy enough. 1. write 1000 words. 2. mundane other task. 3. mundane other task. 4. Plot out next chapter. 5. etc. (cross out items as they are done.) Sometimes I do something writing-adjacent. Critique ...


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Agile is for corporate sub-groups who suffer from a lack of creative flexibility, blamed on a top-down project-management style (while avoiding pointing the finger directly at upper management). The 'problem' Agile solves is a metaphorical waterfall where projects flow from top to bottom, but can't be paused or pushed back up the waterfall should any ...


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Mercy, yes. If the story is burning to be told, yes. If you enjoy the craft of writing, yes. If you love reading over what you've written, yes. If you like the world you've created and the people you've put in it, yes. "Later" you'll still have a job and your daughter will be demanding in a different way and life will always, always suck up your available ...


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