Staying Focused

file000558305734Staying focused is the key to being and staying productive. Sometimes this is a major challenge for me, as I tend to pile up the projects, which can lead to being unfocused and working on everything at the same time. In this life, it can be hard to remain focused with all the demands on our time.

But staying focused is absolutely required, in writing and in life. Without focus, we wander aimlessly, not sure what to do or where to go – and probably not getting a whole lot done. This is no way to reach our goals and our dreams, that’s for sure.

Figure Out What’s Most Important

What will get you to that goal or dream? That’s where you need to start and focus on that one thing. Anything that moves you closer to your goal or dream is important – anything that moves you away from that goal or dream isn’t as important. Ask your boss what is most important to him/her if you work outside the home. This is about the only time I would tell you to ask someone else what is important to him/her in regards to reaching our goals and our dreams.

Just Do It

Once you have figured out what is important, work on that to the exclusion of all else. If multiple things are important, block out time for each project. Say you’re going to work on each one for 30 minutes, or two hours, or whatever fits your schedule. Actually, write it into your schedule if you keep a written schedule. Do not let yourself get distracted during the time you are focusing – it may be really uncomfortable at first, but with practice, it will become easier.

What about you, do you have any tips for staying focused? What works for you?

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Writing Prompt Wednesday

Sometimes we all need a kick in the pants to get the creativity flowing. You can use my prompts to help kickstart a new project, or to add some flavor to an existing work.

Write 2k words about a dismemberment

You can post your work here in comments, on your own blog (with a link back) or just comment that you did it if you wish to use your work for publication.

New Services: Writing Coach & Life Coach

I’ve decided to open up for coaching as well as my writing/editing services. For one thing, I’m often much better giving advice than taking it, for another, I love helping people achieve their goals. I will be seeking coaching certification, but I already feel qualified to offer my services as a writing coach and as a life coach.

I can help you meet your goals, both in life and in your writing career – and I’m an excellent accountability partner. I won’t let you slack, however, so bear that in mind if you hire me! All packages come with a free 30 minute phone call with yours truly on Google Hangouts – though the venue can be flexible if needed. This allows you to see if I’m a good fit for you risk free. Just send me an email to set things up, as everything needs to be scheduled. I will work with your schedule, so feel free to let me know when you are available and I’ll see what I can do.

Writing coaching packages start at $200/month, and life coaching starts at $400/month. This covers email support, a certain amount of phone conversations, plus some other perks. More will be added and prices are subject to change at any time. So book your free call now and get started down the path of bettering your life and/or your writing career! Save $100 by purchasing both packages starting at $500/month for the month of April. Must purchase both at the same time to qualify.

I accept Google Wallet (preferred), and Paypal. Email is the same on both. Let me know if another payment provider is needed. Send an email to raiscara.avalon at the gmail.com with your package in the subject line.

Starting Over

Starting OverStarting over from scratch can be super fun, or super annoying. Personally I find it super fun! But at the same time – super annoying! But it was time for a fresh start to go with all the other changes I’ve been making lately.

It’s time to live my life my way, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I’ve started freelancing writing again, after getting (and failing to keep due to health reasons) a job. Yes, a J-O-B. What was I thinking? Someone must have hit me over the head or something, but here I am, back to what I love.

For the curious minded, I offer articles, blog posts and product reviews (especially books!) of varying lengths and on varying topics. This time I’m going to focus on a few topics to start out with, but I have experience writing on just about everything under the sun at this point. I tend to have a conversational tone throughout my writing, as I’m used to writing mostly online content. Pricing varies by project.

I also offer proofreading and editing. Of nearly anything. Again, books are very much beloved here too! Pricing of course varies by project. If you need something done, feel free to reach out.

Of course I haven’t given up on my myriad fiction projects either – they’re still chugging along. Have some rewriting to do, as well as plenty of new content coming. Slowly. It’s coming slowly. Have I mentioned that I tend to be impatient?

What’s going on in your writing worlds? Any fun new projects? Tell me all about them!