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How to Write Paragraph After Paragraph After Paragraph Without Stopping

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Writers handle numerous tasks, but what happens when writing isn’t one of them?

You dart home from work with tons of ideas bouncing around your head and then you can’t find the will or the power to start rattling away on the keyboard.

There are plenty of writers out there who can only muster up the strength to write a few paragraphs everyday—most writers probably fall in this group.

How do you lock yourself down and write paragraph after paragraph after paragraph without stopping for hours? Is there a way to buckle the seat belt and know that you’re in for an adventure of ups and downs on the keyboard?

I have three methods that pry open the top of my noggin and dump thoughts onto the page until I’m exhausted. Take a look and try them for yourself.

Use the Juicing Method

Baseball players juice with steroids, and so should you—steroids for writers. Ramp up your morning with a motivational book. I used to have problems going to bed because I wanted to hammer out a few more emails, post to the blog and catch up on my favorite book or TV show. It never occurred to me that I was saving my favorite parts of the day for the end. Sure I love writing, but let’s be serious, I can’t imagine anyone saying they love writing more than they love reading a good book. Juice up your morning by getting in the right mindset.

If you wake up every morning and the first thing you do is hop in the shower or go to work or read some news about how the world is crumbling, you’re off to a miserable start. The Juicing Method has four steps to prepare your mind for a marathon.

Step 1:

Read two or three chapters of an inspirational book.  TV shows and books that aren’t inspirational work well too, but I’ve found that inspirational books work best to help you initiate writing.

Step 2:

Drink coffee or tea as you read your inspirational book. Try to avoid drinking once you start writing. It destroys focus.

Step 3:

Sit outside or in bright, bright, bright light while reading. Vitamin D is one of the few vitamins you can’t get naturally from food. In order to boost your energy you need some short time in the sun.

Step 4:

Crank non-vocal music to get you started. This helps juice up your emotions.

Use the Wake Up and Go Method

Don’t shower, don’t shave and don’t tend to hygiene until noon. Writers hold truckloads of thoughts in their minds once they wake up. Unload those thoughts and you could find yourself writing for hours.

This method also forces you to go against your usual routine. Whenever I shift furniture around in my room or move to a new coffee shop or library to write I find myself writing for hours. Once you move to a new place or change your routine you’re mind and body jump to command. You’re excited that the boring, everyday activities have subsided—at least briefly.

Not only that, but you get a chance to sit in your bed and relax. You can also try moving to a couch, but avoid sitting at your desk. This method thrives on the easy transition from sleep to writing. Once noon rolls around go and take a break and eat lunch.

Note: I usually leave fruit and water on my bed stand for this method. I try not to walk around until noon.

Use the Horse Blinders Method

The previous two methods pertain to getting amped up for your writing marathon. These methods work great for me, and I’m a strong believer that poor preparation leads to poor results when writing.

[Tweet “You’ll pull a hammy both running without stretching and writing without coffee.”]

The Horse Blinders method sits your butt down in a desk and forces you to write without wanting to do anything else but get to your end result. The tactic is pretty simple, and it incorporates various tips you’ll find scattered through the internet. The only difference? The Horse Blinders Method brings them together for the maximum effect. Let’s walk through the steps.

Step 1:

Outline. Start your writing with an outline of every paragraph you plan on creating. Make the outline rough and ragged, but it should help you write for three or four hours. Grab a cup of coffee or tea before you start writing. No coffee is allowed while writing. If you want something in your mouth, try long lasting candy or gum. I use the coffee pouches called Grinds ( I don’t have to pee for hours nor reach for a mug.)

Step 2:

Unplug. Find your router and unplug it. Disconnecting on your computer isn’t a solution. Software that blocks out distractions isn’t a solution. Take your phone and place it on a charger in another room. I place mine outside my upstairs bathroom. This helps me forget about it until I use the bathroom.

Step 3:

Buy and use noise cancelling headphones. This method doesn’t work well without headphones. Don’t think earbuds suffice. Headphones put blinders on your sense of hearing. I use music with no vocals, but you can decide if you want no music or music with no vocals. Some people use it, but I tend to think that most folks have trouble with vocals bouncing around in their head.

Step 4:

Use a large TV or monitor. I just started using a 32 inch TV as my monitor. It cuts out distractions behind my computer and helps me focus on the screen. A large monitor also prevents squinting and slowing down to read.

Step 5:

Create physical blinders for your line of vision. Put stacks of books on both sides of your head. I’ve found that a hoodie works well for me.

Step 6:

Place your desk in the room’s center. Your eyes and overall attention wanders to the left when you’re situated to the right.

Step 7:

Set your timer for three or four hours. This is your marathon.

Step 8:

Reward yourself. Place a reward in a separate room for afterwards. Once the timer strikes zero, it’s yours. Put on celebratory music with vocals and dance around or whatever floats your boat.

Let me know in the comments once you try one of these methods. Does it work for you? Let us know if you have any other methods that teach your how to write paragraph after paragraph for hours on end. 

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  • Valerie L Harris Garrison

    Thanks for sharing these focusing tips, very useful and great inspiration! Thank you for stopping by my blog :)

    • http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/ Joe Warnimont

      No problem Valerie. I’m glad you liked the tips. :)

  • http://susancallhutchison.wordpress.com/ Susan Call Hutchison

    I can second a lot of these tips — especially starting the day with inspirational reading, and then pouring out all the ideas that come during waking/meditating. I get lots of ideas while I’m showering and dressing, so I don’t put that off. Then I feel very professional as I head to my office to WRITE!

    • http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/ Joe Warnimont

      Nice. On occasion I’ll get dressed up in a button down and tie to feel like I’m going to an office. :)

  • http://www.forrestbrownwrites.com Forrest Brown

    I think my two favorite methods are the get up and read an inspirational book and the get up and go method. It’s just so distracting taking a shower first thing in the morning and then trying to write. Great advice, Joe!

    • http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/ Joe Warnimont

      Sometimes it’s just nice to slum it for a little bit. :)

  • Michael Mardel

    I limit myself to 1 hour at a time and in that hour type up another 1,000 words. Some days get lost but most times an hour in the afternoon before I walk the dogs. I write for middle grade children so only need about 22,000 words. I’m half way there this February on a sequel.

    • http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/ Joe Warnimont

      Nice Michael. Seems similar to Pomodora strategy. I usually stick to hour or two hour long blasts on the weekends. :)

  • Samuel

    hey, thank you for the follow on my new blog. I love writing but seem to always get stuck and never really like what I read back afterwards. I’m sure with the helps and tips you’ve got on offer though ill get there :) brilliant site, thanks

  • http://snapshots-bertad.blogspot.com Berta Dickerson

    Hi, Joe. Thanks for these great tips and for following A Faithful Father. My SnapShots blog has devotions.I’d like to see some tips on lengths and structure for that type blog as well as writing memoir.

  • A.C. Jaiden

    Good advice! Personally, I found some of the tips a little over-the-top (like the limit-vision one; but maybe I’m just not that prone to distraction) and also, disconnecting the internet isn’t an option for me because I constantly have to research and look up words, synonyms and such. But I do like the music advice. ;)

    • http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/ Joe Warnimont

      Thanks A.C. I can see how the limit-vision one seems like overkill. I just have a problem with distractions I think. :) I’m like a bobble head in a coffee shop, looking at everyone who walks by. Cutting out the internet is tough, but I try to do it when I’m spurting out some rough drafts and I clean up my text and research later.

  • Kara Baird

    Thanks for following my blog “The Mess I Made” on WordPress, Joe! I enjoyed reading the juicing method the most on this post. I think this is the method I relate to most. I find it helpful to start out my work or writing session with a little bit of reading—even if it’s not inspirational, per say. It gets me ready to focus on something!

    • http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/ Joe Warnimont

      Glad you liked it Kara. I agree, anything legible gets the mind working. :)

  • Steve Marte

    Hi Joe, appreciate the tips. I’ve worked as a writer most of my life, as a journalist and now as an advertising copywriter, so I’m writing almost 8 hours a day, Monday to Friday. Can’t say that I go through any rituals, I just sit down and write. Maybe it helps that I’m getting paid. Perhaps the best training I received that enabled me to sit down and go, was working on newspapers. Oft times you went out, covered a story, ran back to the office and had 30-60 minutes to bang out the article to hit your deadline. There was no time to wait for inspiration. You just write. Reporting taught me to organize my thoughts and get them down quickly. Fortunately that translates well when it comes to fiction writing. Wishing you all the best, Steve

  • MsCharlieS

    Hi, Joe — Thank you for following WordBowlbyMsCharlieS.com (hope to have a word from you!) and thanks for introducing me to your practical and inspirational writing! Look forward to more!

  • Linda Carson

    I really need to ‘unplug’ – point in case I sat down to write 30 minutes ago and I have already visited reddit and twitter and several blogs!

    • http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/ Joe Warnimont

      I’ve been having some trouble with Twitter with all of this Malaysian flight business. :)

  • Emily

    I like this advice and have found most of these things to be true for me. As is a common experience I gather with most writers, it’s hard to keep focused, and once you stop and get distracted with other things it can be hard to get back into it again. I find your blog a great inspiration to get going again. There’s probably a lot of good advice also if I can add in keep doing a little every day, if that’s all you can do because once you take a break as with anything, you can even ‘forget’ just the mechanical task of working out your software! Let alone remembering who, what and where your own characters are that you have created are all about.

  • http://adanramieblog.wordpress.com Adan Ramie

    I definitely need to follow the advice of unplugging. I always go to the Internet to look up a word, or for a better word or phrase, and end up visiting blogs, checking my email, and visiting Twitter. It’s a disaster for my productivity. And I never thought about using a TV as a monitor; I might try that, as working on my laptop gives me a headache after just a few hours.

  • Jon

    Thanks for the advice. I plan on doing a three hour marathon (something I have never attempted). Taking a shower and getting ready actually helps because I’m not the kind of guy with big ideas once I get up. I usually like to have things in order as I do my routine. Wish me luck. Hopefully it turns out great. Any advice on what to listen to as i write?

    • http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/ Joe Warnimont

      Good luck Jon. I tend to listen to classical music when I write since I can’t seem to think when I hear lyrics bouncing around in my head.