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  • http://www.seftonmedia.com/ Steven Sefton

    I really like the idea of listening to just instrumental music with fast beats to write faster. I will try this. Thank you!

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    Nice idea JB. I think what would compliment this, is letting those around you know if you are going to play “shut out” for a while.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Yes. I think the rest of the family would need to understand the program!

  • Joan Muschamp

    The nugget I got from this is about making more detailed notes for ideas, and ensuring the notebook is with you at all times. I too, have written something akin to your “blindfolded coconut” and sadly lost the brillance during the throes of the day.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      It is about capturing the inspiration before it flees. I often stop the car or even a conversation (politely of course) to jot the idea down. It sometimes gets a bit annoying when you wake up at night with a thought and you need to make sure it is written down.

      • Joan Muschamp

        The middle of the night does seem to be when I get the best ones! I’ve been struggling with that, but think I’ll leave my notebook nearby so I can scribble some cohesive thougths. It is clearly worth a try–many a morning I’ve woken knowing I had a great idea, but can’t remember it.
        Every once in a while in the car I will call my conference line and record a thought. Need to do that more often.

      • Ed

        totally with you on that Jeff. You have to find what works for you. I find my best environment is on train, or first thing in the morning before anyone else is up. Cheers, Ed

        • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

          Yes, I do find early is good. Quietness with no distractions.

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  • http://twitter.com/SandyAppleyard Sandy Appleyard

    I’m stuck on getting unsocial and unplugging the phone. All the others I have no issue with. I like the reward system though..work a little, get a little social time…that would work :)

  • http://twitter.com/ExtremelyAvg Brian D. Meeks

    I write every day. Most of my writing is geared towards novels, and I’ve found that I’m most productive when I write in public. A noisy bar, restaurant, or coffee house and I seem to be able to tune it all out and focus. In fact, I think I do a better job of creating by being forced to ignore the white noise.

    I probably write more at home than in public, but if I NEED to bang out 3 – 4000 words, I find that I need to get out of the house. At home, I am only good for 2000 per day.

    I don’t know if other people would find public writing helpful, but I thought I’d share. Good tips and a well written post. :-)

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    The contrast tactic is a good tip. There are 2 books that I recently read that provide even more insights into the journey of creativity.
    The War of Art by Steven Pressfield and Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

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  • http://twitter.com/JenMcGahan Jen McGahan

    To block out the world, I open Scrivener to the full screen composition mode and mute my email alert. Just when I get the digital and human distractions in check, the fridge beckons… :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/caroline.ashe.39 Caroline Ashe

    This is just what I needed…I struggle with a routine of writing, but I want to be more consistant. I use Notes App on my phone for jotting down when an idea hits.

    • Nashaat Quadri

      Try Evernote Caroline, it helps you remember and act upon ideas, projects and exp online….plus, you will be able to use the most of online content this way!

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  • Catherine Davis

    Thanks for sharing! I like to open a blank Word doc and begin typing anything and
    everything that comes to mind in bullet or phrase form as quickly as possible. During
    this “stream of consciousness” I really don’t worry about spelling,
    grammar, formatting, “bad” ideas, etc. This process always gives me a lot
    of raw content and generates unique and creative connections. The next
    morning with a clear mind, I then start to organize topics and write more

    • Nashaat Quadri

      I loved the idea, Catherine…it can address a lot of my misery around procrastination and bouts of exhaustion ! Superb indeed !

  • http://www.callbox.com.my/ Christine Steffensen

    I really love the Idea, but the only thing in concerned about is the music I hate music whenever I get into brain storming of my blog because it interrupt my attention and go focus on music.

    • http://twitter.com/PTheWyse Praverb

      You are correct Christine. Music can be a big distraction because the writer will focus more on the words/beat than the actual writing task.

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  • http://ashleymauroblog.com Ashley Mauro

    I have started to carry a notebook with me at all times! There have been plenty of times where I’ve forgotten an idea because I didn’t write it down. Great article, thank you.

  • Robert Dodd

    Jeff this is gold. I am working on my first blog and your information is just what I was looking for. People tell me I have no issues with conversation, lets hope I can get my thoughts on paper.Cheers Robert