Most of my notes tend to be in the pen and paper form
Story notes, every writer has them!
Now there is nothing wrong with a writer taking notes. They are very useful, essential even, but if you are anything like me you acquire vast quantities of such notes and you never, ever, throw them away.
I love my mobile phone. I’ve got an iPhone which comes with this handy ‘Note’ app. I fill my phone notes app up with obscure commentary, scene ideas, and reminders to fix things. I do this at random times of the day and night. Typing on a phone is not always easy, you can hit the wrong key and autocorrect leaps in. Perhaps you are time pressured and you don’t have time to check the gibberish you just wrote. Or perhaps like me you are not wearing your glasses and it’s all a bit blurred so you hope for the best.
Later, when you come back to…
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Guilty of reading and daydreaming 🙂
You know you’re a writer when you’ve found a million ways to procrastinate…here are a few tips to help you spot the procrastination pitfalls.
Reading really is the perfect excuse for any writer because you can convince yourself that it is actually helping you to become a better writer. Yes, it certainly is, but sometimes you do need to put the book down and get back to your keyboard and write.
Snacks.If you want to keep your writing brain in tip-top working order you need a snack, right? Yes, until you realise you’ve eaten enough food for a small party, and then it’s time to explore the possibility that you might be letting procrastination creep in.
Daydreaming is the birthplace of all good plot ideas. But maybe if you’re daydreaming about ‘fetching another snack’, it’s time to get on with actually writing the book!
Editing! Is the worst form of writer procrastination. You know you need…
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12 points! I’ve almost arrived 😀
I know this all too well.
Usually it’s #3, #12, or #21 that gets me.
I particularly like the…trying to write characters whoare smarterthan you…Enjoy 🙂
I’d love to be able to use some of these! Even Rita Skeeter’s Quick-Quotes Quill would be useful 🙂
“Long ago in days of yore,” said the old man sitting in the chair at the front of the room, “there was a beautiful princess.”
He held up a knobbly finger to the crowd of children sitting in front of him on the library room floor. Atop the finger was a finger puppet dressed up like a princess.
“One day, the princess went out for a walk in the woods,” the old man continued, moving the finger puppet to simulate walking. “Everything was fine until suddenly, a dragon appeared!”
He held up another finger, this one with a finger puppet of a green dragon on it.
The library door opened and a couple of men in business suits came in, followed by a camera man.
“What is going on in here?” tersely asked the older of the two men in business suits. “When you said you’d tell your story to the kids, this isn’t the story I thought you meant!”
The old man looked at him. “I agreed to tell my story to the children, yes. But your letter asking me to do this didn’t specify which story you wanted.”
“But my audience doesn’t want to see someone like you telling such a childish story! They expect a better story from you!”
“Well, I’m afraid you’re just out of luck, then. If I’m telling stories to five-year-old children like this, they’re getting childish stories. That’s how things were done in days of yore, after all. Besides which, my stories aren’t fit for children their age!”
“Sorry. That’s all I have to say. I’m not reading a horror book to five-year-olds. If you want to do it, why don’t you publish a book and read it to them yourself.”
The old man went back to telling his finger puppet story to the children. The other man in the business suit told his partner, “You know, filming him telling a story like this to children might actually be better for us. I bet more people would watch it. It’d probably go viral.”
The man with the camera voiced his agreement.
The first man considered it for a moment, then nodded. “You have a point. Ok. Start filming.”
This story is part of the Stream of Consciousness prompt, “your/you’re/yore”: