Write More! Time and Distraction Management for Busy Writers

  • Course provided by Udemy
  • Study type: Online
  • Starts: Anytime
  • Price: See latest price on Udemy

Course Description

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

Expected Outcomes

  1. Identify the ways they procrastinate, and fix them so they get more written.
  2. Determine their best times of day and places for writing (which aren't always what we think they are!)
  3. Create more writing time in their schedules so they finish the projects they've been talking about doing for a long time.
  4. Communicate effectively (and happily!) with friends and family to help minimize interruptions when they are trying to write.
  5. 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.
  6. Find time to write when traveling, even if their travel partner isn't a writer. (A special lesson for aspiring travel writers.)
  7. Learn how to use effective and fun reward and accountability systems so they stay on task and keep writing.
  8. 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.
  9. Unlearn a common bad habit in the editing process that stops writers from being productive.
  10. Get more written!