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We recently received a question from one of our members:
Q: I have trouble staying concentrated on one project. Do you have any advice on how to keep from jumping from one idea to another? - T-X
We turned to our president, D. J. Herda, for an answer to your question. Here's his suggestion:
A: You can stay focused on a project instead of jumping from one idea to another in one of a couple ways. One is to create an outline, either numbered chapter-by-chapter or point-by-point, and keep writing on that chapter or point until you're finished. Then go on to the next chapter or point. A second way is to set up a deadline, just as you'd have if you were a reporter working for your local newspaper. Give yourself one hour, for example, in which to write everything you can about your subject. If you deviate from the subject or dawdle, you'll miss meeting your deadline and could get fired! Either one of these methods should help get you on track and keep you there! - D. J. Herda