Zabowska's Blog

October 27, 2009

The Importance of Focusing

Filed under: Uncategorized — zabowska @ 8:53 pm

  To develop a successful writing life, writers must be able to focus and concentrate on
their writing. The best way is to start small. Sellars suggests that we use an egg timer
when trying to get into the habit of focusing. We should set the timer for ten minutes to
start and for those ten minutes, we must concentrate on the task at hand without any
distractions. Sellars suggests that we sit and write in long hand on paper for a disclosed
period of time.

  Here are the rules for focused writing.

  1.  Write very slowly.
  2.  Write in all capital letters (to distract your busy brain).
  3.  Don’t think and don’t plan write exactly what you see or hear.
  4.  Start at the beginning of your ten minutes and don’t stop moving your pencil until
time is up.
  5.  Work up to fifteen minutes, then thirty. It is extremely hard to concentrate for thirty
minutes. However, if writers work up to it, it can become a habit
  6.  As you become more proficient in a few months, you could work up to forty-five

  How do you know whether you have been really focusing?  If you were really
concentrating, you will feel one or more of the following things at the end of your

  1.  That time slipped away and that you weren’t aware of time passing. I have a similar
experience sometimes when I am driving. I arrive at my destination but I don’t
remember going past the usual landmarks. And now that occurs when I write

  2. You will feel pleasantly exhausted. You will feel tired after you wrote, but in a good
and productive way. But most of all, you will feel a sense of accomplishment.

  3.   You may be inclined to read your work over. Refrain from doing this because you
don’t want to end each session with a judgment. The goal is to develop the habit of
writing and who would want to write each day if they were going to end each session
judging themselves? 

  In the beginning, show up in order concentrate and write. That is all that is required is
that you learn how to concentrate because once you master this, you will be well on
your way to writing each and every day.



  1. Sunny,

    Good points, all. I’m still trying to accomplish that one about not rereading when finished with the piece. I always have to tweak immediately. Just have to keep practicing, I guess.


    Comment by claudsy — November 3, 2009 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

    • Claudsy,

      Yes, I think you’re writing output will improve greatly if you could do this.

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. Please let me know how it words for you.


      Comment by zabowska — November 4, 2009 @ 9:56 pm | Reply

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