3 Surefire Tips for Dealing with Writing Distractions


  1. Pinpoint the cause of your distraction.

Disengage from the cause of your distraction. Are you surfing the internet? Are you getting lost in social media? Are you not taking your writing time seriously? If you aren’t, you can’t expect others to be serious about it either. Distractions happen, but there are only a few reasons you should be distracted and which celebrity is cheating isn’t one of them. The first thing you need to ask yourself is why aren’t you writing?


  1. Study how other writers handle distractions.

Learn how some of your favorite scribes handle disruptions. Model their strategies for dealing with interruptions until you can design your own.


  1. Schedule your writing time.

Make an appointment with yourself to write. Don’t do anything but write during the time you carved out to write. Simple, huh? It is, but not always so easy. If you have to do some research, you should make an appointment with yourself to do your research. You may have to unplug from the world and let your family know you are going off the grid. If you are unable to avoid taking calls, you should screen them so as not to lose your momentum. Granted, there are exceptions to every rule and if you do make exceptions, be aware you’re not perpetually interrupted by deviations in your routine.


Article first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews Examiner.


Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco

7 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

calvin-hobbes-writers-blockNo writer wants to talk about writer’s block but at some point the discussion has to happen. Let’s say it, “writer’s block” is an ugly set of words. It is a vicious vortex to be pulled into, but there are ways to combat the debilitating feeling of distress, frustration and unworthiness. So, what causes writer’s block? The likely explanations for writer’s block are innumerable: angst, a birth, a death, a divorce, an engagement, a job termination, a marriage, and a new home…any life change can be the culprit. I put a list of tips together to tackle and combat your writer’s block. I am rooting for you to keep on doing what you love—write!

1. Write! You won’t overcome your writer’s block if you don’t delve into the fray head first…or in this case pencil, pen or keys first!

2. Set deadlines and keep them! Find a writing partner or writing group and agree to hold each other accountable to deadlines.

3. Be kind to yourself! Treat yourself the way you would treat a friend in this position.

4. Implement a writing schedule! Show up at the scheduled writing time and just write. Even if you are just staring at blank pages, keep your scheduled writing appointments.

5. Give yourself a vacation! Take time off when you complete a project.

6. Think of writing as a REAL profession NOT a hobby! We put words on pages instead of paint on walls.

7. Remember why you started to write! Write what you love. Write what stirs your soul. Write what you feel in your core, not what you think you should be writing or what scribble bunk you can toss together the fastest to make a buck.

Article first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews Examiner.

Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco

Distraction Free Writing Tip #1: Turn off Electronic Devices!

focus poster-of-weapons-of-mass-distractionHow many times have you headed to your writing nook to start writing when after a few minutes of writing (or good gravy, before you even begin!) you check your email? And then you decide to pop on over to check your Facebook? And then why not peep at Twitter? And by that time you’re all in, so why not all of your social media sites? In order to write serenely, smoothly and swiftly one must avoid distractions.

I understand we all have responsibilities and since we may not be able to completely “go off the grid” to evade interruptions we can at least minimize them.

Distraction Free Writing Tip #1: Turn off Electronic Devices!

To avoid electronic diversions simply unplug! If you want to make the most out of your writing session you have to disengage from your Wi-Fi and begin writing. You simply cannot write well if you’re constantly flipping between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and your email accounts.

Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco

Rewriting Checklist


1. Are there holes in your plot?

2. Is there sufficient conflict?

3. Have you done a spell check?

4. Does your dialogue flow?

5. Do you know your target audience?

6. Are your characters authentic?

7. Do your characters have a distinctive voice?

8. Have you read your novel aloud?

9. Have you rewritten your manuscript numerous times?

Copyright © 2015 by Diane Morasco