Here is a condensed version of an interesting, amusing and true, oh so true blog from Carol Hedges; do go to her page and read this in the full, and then maybe take the time to read some of her other writing too!
- Try to write on something that is NOT online or connected to the internet; in this way you won’t be tempted to check Facebook/Twitter etc. every 5 minutes. Or less.
- If you are writing internet-free, make sure you aren’t in the same room as something which is connected (see 1).
- If you can’t accomplish 1 and 2 for physical/financial/or any other reasons, try to timetable specific times of the day to Tweet/update your Facebook/ etc. DO NOT GIVE INTO TEMPTATION
- Unless it is for specific a specific or particular thing, dickering about on Google is not ‘research’.
- Don’t read or take any notice of ‘I wrote a whole novel today – go me!‘ claims on social media
- There is no such thing as ‘Writer’s Block’, it is just a feeble excuse for not writing.
- This is on Carol’s list but I’m not sure it actually applies to everyon, but it’s a very supportive message! If you are not constantly awash with doubt/fear/insecurity/self-loathing/envy/anxiety/panic, you probably aren’t a writer
- The only way to write a book is to write a book.
For me, the cardinal rule is number 8!!
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