Write More! Time and Distraction Management for Busy Writers

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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

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.

Expected Outcomes

  1. 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! Requirements 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! 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. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ "(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 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 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. Show more Show less Featured review Erich Angermayr 220 courses 66 reviews Rating: 5.0 out of 5 a year ago "Overcome Writing Distractions - Stop Procrastinating & Write" is another excellent course by Dave Fox. Dave provides reliable information, and you can tell that his advice comes from his own experience as a writer. Five stars well deserved! Show more Show less Course content 5 sections • 27 lectures • 2h 42m total length Expand all sections Introduction 3 lectures • 13min Are Distraction and Procrastination Squashing Your Writing? Let's Fix That! Preview 06:11 How I Became a Successful Writer and Author – In Spite of a Major Case of ADD! Preview 05:33 EXERCISE: Why Are You Here? 01:39 Time and Space 5 lectures • 28min Respecting Your Need to Write 06:48 Yes, You DO Have Time To Write! (Here's How to Find It!) 06:50 Your Best Time to Write (... Might Not Be When You Think It Is!) 05:22 A Room of One's Own ... Or Not 08:12 EXERCISE: Searching for Time and Space 00:36 Managing Distractions 8 lectures • 59min Our Hyper-Distracted World 05:43 Tangled in the Web: One Click Leads to Another 13:46 When Communication Interrupts Us 05:26 Human Distractions: Helping Your Family & Friends Understand Your Need to Write 11:55 Erma Closed Her Door: An Interview with Andy Bombeck 09:44 A Special Challenge for Travel Writers 09:20 Living (and Writing) with Distractions 02:48 EXERCISE: Your Biggest Distractions 00:13 Take Control of Procrastination and Get More Written! 8 lectures • 46min Procrastination: How and Why You Do It 07:55 Overcoming Procrastination 08:04 The Power of Accountability 07:27 Supercharge Your First Few Minutes: A Trick to Make Your Writing Flow Right Away 06:15 What NOT to Do When You Begin Writing Each Day 03:03 How to Get Through a Writing Drought 08:29 Bonus Lesson from Course #1: How to Harness the Writer's Law of Inertia 03:48 EXERCISE: Dear Distractor 00:46 Where We've Been and Where We're Going 3 lectures • 16min Solidifying What You've Learned 10:19 More Ways to Spiff Up Your Writing Skills 04:52 FINAL EXERCISE: Write Now! 00:59 Instructor Dave Fox Travel Author / Writing and Personal Development Coach 4.6 Instructor Rating 3,346 Reviews 18,517 Students 6 Courses Dave Fox is on a mission to help people tell scintillating stories. He's a professional travel and humor writer, a writing and humor coach, a chronic storyteller, and the author of two bestselling books. Dave thrives on stepping outside of his cultural comfort zones in search of adventures and misadventures. He also makes really good sandwiches if you ask him nicely. Originally from the United States, Dave started travel journaling at age seven when his family moved to England for a year. During that time, he developed an obsession with foreign cultures, which eventually morphed into his travel writing career. He also developed a British accent, which eventually morphed back to a mostly-American accent, but he respects your right to spell "humour" with that extra "U" if it makes you happy. Dave's love for humo(u)r writing evolved in early adulthood when he discovered office memos didn't have to be boring. He fled nine-to-five life in 2001 on a mission to expand beyond office memos, and published his first book of travel-humor essays three years later after winning the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop Book Proposal Contest. He has been teaching writing workshops for more than 20 years. He has been making sandwiches even longer. Dave has worked as a Public Radio news anchor, a tour guide for Rick Steves' Europe, an international cruise ship lecturer, and an iguana groomer. (Okay, not really an iguana groomer. Iguanas get cranky when you try to groom them.) His work has been featured on the History Channel, Channel NewsAsia, and national radio broadcasts in the US and Australia. He has also been an opening speaker for Princess Märtha Louise of Norway. (True story: When the princess told Dave he spoke excellent Norwegian, Dave replied, "Thank you, Your Majesty. So do you.") For 16 years, Dave guided tours around Europe for Rick Steves' travel company. He has lived in the US, England, Norway, and Turkey and Singapore. He currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he works as the Vietnam correspondent for TTG Asia and freelances for a variety of other publications including the Straits Times of Singapore, and Singapore Airlines' magazine and website. His work has also appeared in books by Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Travelers' Tales, and the 2014 Moon Guide to Burma. Dave's own books, Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad , and Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!) , have both been Amazon travel bestsellers. He is currently working on a new book, The Ghosts of Bui Vien Street , about modern life in Ho Chi Minh City. Dave shares his travel tales, humor essays, and writing advice on his website. (Please see below for the link.) He is available for one-on-one writing and life coaching via Skype, phone, and in person. 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  2. 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! Requirements 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! 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. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ "(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 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 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. Show more Show less Featured review Erich Angermayr 220 courses 66 reviews Rating: 5.0 out of 5 a year ago "Overcome Writing Distractions - Stop Procrastinating & Write" is another excellent course by Dave Fox. Dave provides reliable information, and you can tell that his advice comes from his own experience as a writer. Five stars well deserved! Show more Show less Course content 5 sections • 27 lectures • 2h 42m total length Expand all sections Introduction 3 lectures • 13min Are Distraction and Procrastination Squashing Your Writing? Let's Fix That! Preview 06:11 How I Became a Successful Writer and Author – In Spite of a Major Case of ADD! Preview 05:33 EXERCISE: Why Are You Here? 01:39 Time and Space 5 lectures • 28min Respecting Your Need to Write 06:48 Yes, You DO Have Time To Write! (Here's How to Find It!) 06:50 Your Best Time to Write (... Might Not Be When You Think It Is!) 05:22 A Room of One's Own ... Or Not 08:12 EXERCISE: Searching for Time and Space 00:36 Managing Distractions 8 lectures • 59min Our Hyper-Distracted World 05:43 Tangled in the Web: One Click Leads to Another 13:46 When Communication Interrupts Us 05:26 Human Distractions: Helping Your Family & Friends Understand Your Need to Write 11:55 Erma Closed Her Door: An Interview with Andy Bombeck 09:44 A Special Challenge for Travel Writers 09:20 Living (and Writing) with Distractions 02:48 EXERCISE: Your Biggest Distractions 00:13 Take Control of Procrastination and Get More Written! 8 lectures • 46min Procrastination: How and Why You Do It 07:55 Overcoming Procrastination 08:04 The Power of Accountability 07:27 Supercharge Your First Few Minutes: A Trick to Make Your Writing Flow Right Away 06:15 What NOT to Do When You Begin Writing Each Day 03:03 How to Get Through a Writing Drought 08:29 Bonus Lesson from Course #1: How to Harness the Writer's Law of Inertia 03:48 EXERCISE: Dear Distractor 00:46 Where We've Been and Where We're Going 3 lectures • 16min Solidifying What You've Learned 10:19 More Ways to Spiff Up Your Writing Skills 04:52 FINAL EXERCISE: Write Now! 00:59 Instructor Dave Fox Travel Author / Writing and Personal Development Coach 4.6 Instructor Rating 3,346 Reviews 18,517 Students 6 Courses Dave Fox is on a mission to help people tell scintillating stories. He's a professional travel and humor writer, a writing and humor coach, a chronic storyteller, and the author of two bestselling books. Dave thrives on stepping outside of his cultural comfort zones in search of adventures and misadventures. He also makes really good sandwiches if you ask him nicely. Originally from the United States, Dave started travel journaling at age seven when his family moved to England for a year. During that time, he developed an obsession with foreign cultures, which eventually morphed into his travel writing career. He also developed a British accent, which eventually morphed back to a mostly-American accent, but he respects your right to spell "humour" with that extra "U" if it makes you happy. Dave's love for humo(u)r writing evolved in early adulthood when he discovered office memos didn't have to be boring. He fled nine-to-five life in 2001 on a mission to expand beyond office memos, and published his first book of travel-humor essays three years later after winning the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop Book Proposal Contest. He has been teaching writing workshops for more than 20 years. He has been making sandwiches even longer. Dave has worked as a Public Radio news anchor, a tour guide for Rick Steves' Europe, an international cruise ship lecturer, and an iguana groomer. (Okay, not really an iguana groomer. Iguanas get cranky when you try to groom them.) His work has been featured on the History Channel, Channel NewsAsia, and national radio broadcasts in the US and Australia. He has also been an opening speaker for Princess Märtha Louise of Norway. (True story: When the princess told Dave he spoke excellent Norwegian, Dave replied, "Thank you, Your Majesty. So do you.") For 16 years, Dave guided tours around Europe for Rick Steves' travel company. He has lived in the US, England, Norway, and Turkey and Singapore. He currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he works as the Vietnam correspondent for TTG Asia and freelances for a variety of other publications including the Straits Times of Singapore, and Singapore Airlines' magazine and website. His work has also appeared in books by Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Travelers' Tales, and the 2014 Moon Guide to Burma. Dave's own books, Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad , and Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!) , have both been Amazon travel bestsellers. He is currently working on a new book, The Ghosts of Bui Vien Street , about modern life in Ho Chi Minh City. Dave shares his travel tales, humor essays, and writing advice on his website. (Please see below for the link.) He is available for one-on-one writing and life coaching via Skype, phone, and in person. 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  3. 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! Requirements 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! 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. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ "(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 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 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. Show more Show less Featured review Erich Angermayr 220 courses 66 reviews Rating: 5.0 out of 5 a year ago "Overcome Writing Distractions - Stop Procrastinating & Write" is another excellent course by Dave Fox. Dave provides reliable information, and you can tell that his advice comes from his own experience as a writer. Five stars well deserved! Show more Show less Course content 5 sections • 27 lectures • 2h 42m total length Expand all sections Introduction 3 lectures • 13min Are Distraction and Procrastination Squashing Your Writing? Let's Fix That! Preview 06:11 How I Became a Successful Writer and Author – In Spite of a Major Case of ADD! Preview 05:33 EXERCISE: Why Are You Here? 01:39 Time and Space 5 lectures • 28min Respecting Your Need to Write 06:48 Yes, You DO Have Time To Write! (Here's How to Find It!) 06:50 Your Best Time to Write (... Might Not Be When You Think It Is!) 05:22 A Room of One's Own ... Or Not 08:12 EXERCISE: Searching for Time and Space 00:36 Managing Distractions 8 lectures • 59min Our Hyper-Distracted World 05:43 Tangled in the Web: One Click Leads to Another 13:46 When Communication Interrupts Us 05:26 Human Distractions: Helping Your Family & Friends Understand Your Need to Write 11:55 Erma Closed Her Door: An Interview with Andy Bombeck 09:44 A Special Challenge for Travel Writers 09:20 Living (and Writing) with Distractions 02:48 EXERCISE: Your Biggest Distractions 00:13 Take Control of Procrastination and Get More Written! 8 lectures • 46min Procrastination: How and Why You Do It 07:55 Overcoming Procrastination 08:04 The Power of Accountability 07:27 Supercharge Your First Few Minutes: A Trick to Make Your Writing Flow Right Away 06:15 What NOT to Do When You Begin Writing Each Day 03:03 How to Get Through a Writing Drought 08:29 Bonus Lesson from Course #1: How to Harness the Writer's Law of Inertia 03:48 EXERCISE: Dear Distractor 00:46 Where We've Been and Where We're Going 3 lectures • 16min Solidifying What You've Learned 10:19 More Ways to Spiff Up Your Writing Skills 04:52 FINAL EXERCISE: Write Now! 00:59 Instructor Dave Fox Travel Author / Writing and Personal Development Coach 4.6 Instructor Rating 3,346 Reviews 18,517 Students 6 Courses Dave Fox is on a mission to help people tell scintillating stories. He's a professional travel and humor writer, a writing and humor coach, a chronic storyteller, and the author of two bestselling books. Dave thrives on stepping outside of his cultural comfort zones in search of adventures and misadventures. He also makes really good sandwiches if you ask him nicely. Originally from the United States, Dave started travel journaling at age seven when his family moved to England for a year. During that time, he developed an obsession with foreign cultures, which eventually morphed into his travel writing career. He also developed a British accent, which eventually morphed back to a mostly-American accent, but he respects your right to spell "humour" with that extra "U" if it makes you happy. Dave's love for humo(u)r writing evolved in early adulthood when he discovered office memos didn't have to be boring. He fled nine-to-five life in 2001 on a mission to expand beyond office memos, and published his first book of travel-humor essays three years later after winning the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop Book Proposal Contest. He has been teaching writing workshops for more than 20 years. He has been making sandwiches even longer. Dave has worked as a Public Radio news anchor, a tour guide for Rick Steves' Europe, an international cruise ship lecturer, and an iguana groomer. (Okay, not really an iguana groomer. Iguanas get cranky when you try to groom them.) His work has been featured on the History Channel, Channel NewsAsia, and national radio broadcasts in the US and Australia. He has also been an opening speaker for Princess Märtha Louise of Norway. (True story: When the princess told Dave he spoke excellent Norwegian, Dave replied, "Thank you, Your Majesty. So do you.") For 16 years, Dave guided tours around Europe for Rick Steves' travel company. He has lived in the US, England, Norway, and Turkey and Singapore. He currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he works as the Vietnam correspondent for TTG Asia and freelances for a variety of other publications including the Straits Times of Singapore, and Singapore Airlines' magazine and website. His work has also appeared in books by Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Travelers' Tales, and the 2014 Moon Guide to Burma. Dave's own books, Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad , and Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!) , have both been Amazon travel bestsellers. He is currently working on a new book, The Ghosts of Bui Vien Street , about modern life in Ho Chi Minh City. Dave shares his travel tales, humor essays, and writing advice on his website. (Please see below for the link.) He is available for one-on-one writing and life coaching via Skype, phone, and in person. 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  4. 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! Requirements 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! 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. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ "(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 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 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. Show more Show less Featured review Erich Angermayr 220 courses 66 reviews Rating: 5.0 out of 5 a year ago "Overcome Writing Distractions - Stop Procrastinating & Write" is another excellent course by Dave Fox. Dave provides reliable information, and you can tell that his advice comes from his own experience as a writer. Five stars well deserved! Show more Show less Course content 5 sections • 27 lectures • 2h 42m total length Expand all sections Introduction 3 lectures • 13min Are Distraction and Procrastination Squashing Your Writing? Let's Fix That! Preview 06:11 How I Became a Successful Writer and Author – In Spite of a Major Case of ADD! Preview 05:33 EXERCISE: Why Are You Here? 01:39 Time and Space 5 lectures • 28min Respecting Your Need to Write 06:48 Yes, You DO Have Time To Write! (Here's How to Find It!) 06:50 Your Best Time to Write (... Might Not Be When You Think It Is!) 05:22 A Room of One's Own ... Or Not 08:12 EXERCISE: Searching for Time and Space 00:36 Managing Distractions 8 lectures • 59min Our Hyper-Distracted World 05:43 Tangled in the Web: One Click Leads to Another 13:46 When Communication Interrupts Us 05:26 Human Distractions: Helping Your Family & Friends Understand Your Need to Write 11:55 Erma Closed Her Door: An Interview with Andy Bombeck 09:44 A Special Challenge for Travel Writers 09:20 Living (and Writing) with Distractions 02:48 EXERCISE: Your Biggest Distractions 00:13 Take Control of Procrastination and Get More Written! 8 lectures • 46min Procrastination: How and Why You Do It 07:55 Overcoming Procrastination 08:04 The Power of Accountability 07:27 Supercharge Your First Few Minutes: A Trick to Make Your Writing Flow Right Away 06:15 What NOT to Do When You Begin Writing Each Day 03:03 How to Get Through a Writing Drought 08:29 Bonus Lesson from Course #1: How to Harness the Writer's Law of Inertia 03:48 EXERCISE: Dear Distractor 00:46 Where We've Been and Where We're Going 3 lectures • 16min Solidifying What You've Learned 10:19 More Ways to Spiff Up Your Writing Skills 04:52 FINAL EXERCISE: Write Now! 00:59 Instructor Dave Fox Travel Author / Writing and Personal Development Coach 4.6 Instructor Rating 3,346 Reviews 18,517 Students 6 Courses Dave Fox is on a mission to help people tell scintillating stories. He's a professional travel and humor writer, a writing and humor coach, a chronic storyteller, and the author of two bestselling books. Dave thrives on stepping outside of his cultural comfort zones in search of adventures and misadventures. He also makes really good sandwiches if you ask him nicely. Originally from the United States, Dave started travel journaling at age seven when his family moved to England for a year. During that time, he developed an obsession with foreign cultures, which eventually morphed into his travel writing career. He also developed a British accent, which eventually morphed back to a mostly-American accent, but he respects your right to spell "humour" with that extra "U" if it makes you happy. Dave's love for humo(u)r writing evolved in early adulthood when he discovered office memos didn't have to be boring. He fled nine-to-five life in 2001 on a mission to expand beyond office memos, and published his first book of travel-humor essays three years later after winning the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop Book Proposal Contest. He has been teaching writing workshops for more than 20 years. He has been making sandwiches even longer. Dave has worked as a Public Radio news anchor, a tour guide for Rick Steves' Europe, an international cruise ship lecturer, and an iguana groomer. (Okay, not really an iguana groomer. Iguanas get cranky when you try to groom them.) His work has been featured on the History Channel, Channel NewsAsia, and national radio broadcasts in the US and Australia. He has also been an opening speaker for Princess Märtha Louise of Norway. (True story: When the princess told Dave he spoke excellent Norwegian, Dave replied, "Thank you, Your Majesty. So do you.") For 16 years, Dave guided tours around Europe for Rick Steves' travel company. He has lived in the US, England, Norway, and Turkey and Singapore. He currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he works as the Vietnam correspondent for TTG Asia and freelances for a variety of other publications including the Straits Times of Singapore, and Singapore Airlines' magazine and website. His work has also appeared in books by Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Travelers' Tales, and the 2014 Moon Guide to Burma. Dave's own books, Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad , and Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!) , have both been Amazon travel bestsellers. He is currently working on a new book, The Ghosts of Bui Vien Street , about modern life in Ho Chi Minh City. Dave shares his travel tales, humor essays, and writing advice on his website. (Please see below for the link.) He is available for one-on-one writing and life coaching via Skype, phone, and in person. 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  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. 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! Requirements 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! 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. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ "(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 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 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. Show more Show less Featured review Erich Angermayr 220 courses 66 reviews Rating: 5.0 out of 5 a year ago "Overcome Writing Distractions - Stop Procrastinating & Write" is another excellent course by Dave Fox. Dave provides reliable information, and you can tell that his advice comes from his own experience as a writer. Five stars well deserved! Show more Show less Course content 5 sections • 27 lectures • 2h 42m total length Expand all sections Introduction 3 lectures • 13min Are Distraction and Procrastination Squashing Your Writing? Let's Fix That! Preview 06:11 How I Became a Successful Writer and Author – In Spite of a Major Case of ADD! Preview 05:33 EXERCISE: Why Are You Here? 01:39 Time and Space 5 lectures • 28min Respecting Your Need to Write 06:48 Yes, You DO Have Time To Write! (Here's How to Find It!) 06:50 Your Best Time to Write (... Might Not Be When You Think It Is!) 05:22 A Room of One's Own ... Or Not 08:12 EXERCISE: Searching for Time and Space 00:36 Managing Distractions 8 lectures • 59min Our Hyper-Distracted World 05:43 Tangled in the Web: One Click Leads to Another 13:46 When Communication Interrupts Us 05:26 Human Distractions: Helping Your Family & Friends Understand Your Need to Write 11:55 Erma Closed Her Door: An Interview with Andy Bombeck 09:44 A Special Challenge for Travel Writers 09:20 Living (and Writing) with Distractions 02:48 EXERCISE: Your Biggest Distractions 00:13 Take Control of Procrastination and Get More Written! 8 lectures • 46min Procrastination: How and Why You Do It 07:55 Overcoming Procrastination 08:04 The Power of Accountability 07:27 Supercharge Your First Few Minutes: A Trick to Make Your Writing Flow Right Away 06:15 What NOT to Do When You Begin Writing Each Day 03:03 How to Get Through a Writing Drought 08:29 Bonus Lesson from Course #1: How to Harness the Writer's Law of Inertia 03:48 EXERCISE: Dear Distractor 00:46 Where We've Been and Where We're Going 3 lectures • 16min Solidifying What You've Learned 10:19 More Ways to Spiff Up Your Writing Skills 04:52 FINAL EXERCISE: Write Now! 00:59 Instructor Dave Fox Travel Author / Writing and Personal Development Coach 4.6 Instructor Rating 3,346 Reviews 18,517 Students 6 Courses Dave Fox is on a mission to help people tell scintillating stories. He's a professional travel and humor writer, a writing and humor coach, a chronic storyteller, and the author of two bestselling books. Dave thrives on stepping outside of his cultural comfort zones in search of adventures and misadventures. He also makes really good sandwiches if you ask him nicely. Originally from the United States, Dave started travel journaling at age seven when his family moved to England for a year. During that time, he developed an obsession with foreign cultures, which eventually morphed into his travel writing career. He also developed a British accent, which eventually morphed back to a mostly-American accent, but he respects your right to spell "humour" with that extra "U" if it makes you happy. Dave's love for humo(u)r writing evolved in early adulthood when he discovered office memos didn't have to be boring. He fled nine-to-five life in 2001 on a mission to expand beyond office memos, and published his first book of travel-humor essays three years later after winning the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop Book Proposal Contest. He has been teaching writing workshops for more than 20 years. He has been making