I’m afraid I missed the first post of the #BlogHop for #Writers (“Writing Goals for 2014”), but I wanted to try out the rest of the series, since I like the topics being presented! Many thanks to Cate Russell-Cole of CommuniCATE who posted about the Blog Hop! I hope you’ll find these tools useful.
1. First thing’s first…
UNPLUG. Seriously. The biggest thing keeping me (and probably a lot of other people) from writing regularly is the well of distraction that is the internet. When I want to get down to some serious writing (which should be all the time), I need to unplug the Ethernet cable, turn off my phone (or put it on silent and hide it in the depths of my purse), and bar the door. Need to look something up, a fact or a foreign phrase? Leave a note in the prose and look it up later. Don’t interrupt the flow because I guarantee that you’ll find yourself scrolling through Facebook statuses for an hour and suddenly realize you still haven’t looked up how to say, “What big horns you have!” in Elvish.
2. Dana, My Darling
Typing is, by far, the fastest and easiest way for me to record my thoughts. However, some days, especially in the summer, I don’t want to spend my day cooped up inside staring at a monitor. Or I just might not feel like sitting at my desk. Maybe I want to curl up on the sofa with my cats or sprawl across the floor, or write at the kitchen table with easy access to the fridge. But I can’t afford a laptop, they have overheating issues, and, worst of all, the pontificate of procrastination: internet access. But handwriting scenes and then transcribing them later is both slow and time consuming. The solution? Buying a Dana AlphaSmart: