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.
There are so many reasons why a writer might be having a sleepless night:
- They are bubbling with literary excitement about a new story idea. It is very difficult to sleep in this situation.
- They feel that they have more ‘tweets’ left in them. Sometimes it’s hard for a writer to say goodnight to Twitter.
- Their excitable creative muse refuses to go to sleep.
- They can’t stop thinking about how much they dislike their latest draft. Why is it that our writer demons always come out to play in the early hours?
- They are questioning their entire literary career.
- Their blog stats are spiking due to their latest piece of flash fiction.
- Their blog stats have flatlined ever since they posted their latest piece of flash fiction.
- They are waiting ‘patiently’ for an international writer friend, who is living in a different time zone, to answer their ‘writer in literary…
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