Advice from the Masters: David Mitchell

Dec 24, 2014 | Better Writing

David Mitchell is a British novelist. Two of his books are Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks. Here is his advice about getting your writing done despite the distractions that bedevil you.

“Get disciplined. Learn to rush to your laptop and open it up. Open the file without asking yourself if you’re in the mood, without thinking about anything else. Just open the file: and then you’re safe. Once the words are on the screen, that becomes your distraction. The moment you think okay, it’s work time, and face down the words, you rush past all the other things asking for your attention.”

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