Saturday, 30 January 2016
9 REALLY Useful Writing Tips
1. If possible, write on something that is NOT connected to the internet. That way you aren't tempted to check Facebook/Twitter every 5 minutes.
2. If you are writing on an internet-free laptop, make sure it isn't in the same room as the internet connected one (see 1).
3. If you can't accomplish 1 and 2 for physical/financial reasons, try to allocate yourself specific times of the day to Tweet/update your Facebook. Do not weaken.
4. Unless specific, dickering about on Google is not research.
5. Checking your Amazon rating and sales figures every two days is liable to lead to suicidal feelings.
6. Reading the 'I wrote a whole novel today - go me!' claims of other writers on Facebook
7. There is no such thing as 'Writer's Block', it is just a posh excuse for not writing.
8. The only way to write a book is to write a book.
9. If you are not constantly awash with doubt/fear/insecurity/self-loathing/envy/anxiety/panic, you probably aren't a writer.
Posted by Carol Hedges at 01:26
Labels: books, internet, writers, writing, writing tips
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Lol! All so horribly true!ReplyDelete
Love it! I must say though, I've never "dickered", I've done plenty, but never that. It's a new one to me, but I love that too!ReplyDelete
Great advice Carol - all very true!ReplyDelete
For 1 and/or 2 there exists a software who blocks anything that you haven't specifically 'white listed' (= allowed). With the appropriate name coldturkey. And it's freeReplyDelete
Oh heck, a reminder of what I've got to look forward to when I get home!ReplyDelete
So true,even if you are just writing up reports or planning a project. So called power of the Internet! Be warned if you commission an academic to undertake research their first port of call is Wikipedia!ReplyDelete
Brilliant! My new favourite saying is now, 'dickering around on Google' haha ;)ReplyDelete
Great tips, I play on my tablet, and write on my laptop.ReplyDelete
You need to be disciplined though.
I love the first few, Carol. Im guilty as charged...terrible...ReplyDelete
All true. But can I be awash with laziness and still be a writer?ReplyDelete
well, you can, but you won't actually get anything ''written ''Delete
Ah brilliant - especially the use of the word 'dickering'!ReplyDelete
Going on the Internet is the worst thing for wasting writing time.ReplyDelete
So it's not just me, phew!!!Delete
It's ALL of us!Delete
Great tips. I do most but a great and timely reminder.ReplyDelete
All impeccibly true!ReplyDelete