Writing

My Writing Routine 2017

I’ve always enjoyed reading about the routines of other writers. So I figured I’d answer questions about mine.

When do you write?

It depends. When I have class, I write prose or poetry in the morning. I’m the afternoon, I’ll draft a blog post on the way back. If I don’t have to commute, I procrastinate all day and create at night.

Where do you write?

Where do I not write is the better question. A bus. The train. In my room. At my desk. Wherever I can.

How often do you write?

Every day. Somehow. I don’t sleep much. I also have no social life and a non-existent love life.

What do you use to write or type?

A pen. Google Drive. I prefer them over a pencil and Microsoft Word.

Is there anything you do before writing?

I wash my hands because germs. Is that weird? I’m weird.

Is there anything you do while writing?

Not really, especially if I’m writing by hand. When typing, I tend to have a glass of water nearby. Very rarely do I eat something. On the rare occasion I do, it’s probably a fruit I can eat with a fork. Germs again.

Is there anything you do after writing?

I close my notebook and retract my pen or I’ll shut down my computer. More often than not, I check my phone for anything I missed. But I don’t have many friends, so there’s nothing to miss.

At the start of each writing session, do you read over what you wrote?

If I’m writing short stories or poems, generally no. If I’m working on a novel, sometimes. Depends on whether I need to refresh my memory or not. I’m not getting any younger.

Do you finish writing on a half complete sentence or idea?

I crave closure, so I’ve never stopped writing in the middle of anything. This goes for just about everything I can control, which isn’t much.

Do you write in short bursts or long periods?

I prefer getting all my writing done in one go. Unless I’m struggling. Let’s just say I take more breaks when writing an academic essay than I do with a short story.

Is there anything you’d like to change about your writing routine?

I’m quite pleased with it right now. I don’t have a problem, and so long as my routine continues to serveme, I’m not going to fix what isn’t broken.

Do you think your writing routine will be different next year?

I’m not sure. I guess that depends on my grand lifestyle in 2018. I’ll stay the course, adjust if and when necessary.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Feel free to answer the above questions on your own blog.

Writing

8 Perfect Places To Save Your Precious Work

Because you can never have too many places to save your work.

WordPress

Starting a blog has many perks. And having an additional place to store your work is one of them. Even if you don’t intend to publish it for the world to see, save that chapter of your novel by creating a draft.

Tumblr

If you have Tumblr, you can make drafts you never intend to publish either. Any blogging platform can double as a place to save your work online.

Google Drive

I’m currently going through a Google Drive phase. I use it for everything. You can upload files and folders or even create a document with Drive. 15 GB of storage? Yes, please.

Dropbox

Even though you don’t have nearly as much free storage to work with, don’t underestimate 2 gigabytes.

One Drive

If I’m not mistaken, you get 15 GB of storage just like Google Drive.

Box

I personally don’t use Box, but it’s another option for saving and sharing files.

Evernote

I know some people swear by Evernote. I’m not one of those people. However, I’ve used it enough that I recommend giving it a shot.

iCloud (Drive)

I’m starting to use iCloud more and more. You can sync everything across all your Apple devices.

Find what works for you and your precious work. Nothing can buy back your lost stories.

Productivity

October 2015: What I Love

I found out recently that Dropbox has an offline feature.

Make Available Offline

You’re able to make documents accessible even without an internet connection. Isn’t that awesome?Dropbox Offline Files

I keep syllabi and other resources offline so I can refer to them any time I want.

This is such a lifesaver and a productivity booster.

In my previous What I Love, I wrote about a similar feature for Google Drive.

And since then, I’ve made the folders in my Google Drive colourful. They’re so much nicer to look at now.

Google Drive Folders

I’m also loving that NaNo is almost here!

Productivity

September 2015: What I Love

I love Google Drive for many reasons.

In the interest of time, I won’t list them all.

However, the Keep Offline option has been a lifesaver this month.

Google Drive Keep Offline Function

It’s perfect for when you need to access a document or picture or what have you even if you aren’t connected to WiFi.

Just make sure to keep it offline first when you do have WiFi.

Google Drive Kept Offline Document

Yes, that is an old story I published already. You can read the full version here.

Being able to pull up a reading on the subway does wonders for curing my boredom and increasing my productivity. So I am indebted to everyone who made this feature possible.

Blogging

Pick One: Social Media Edition

Two options. Pick one. It’s as simple as that.

I don’t use all of these so I definitely have my own bias in certain cases.

Also, I did my best to pair similar apps/services/sites together so if you’re looking for an alternative, you may be in luck.

All opinions are my own. I’m not going to bother explaining why I picked one over the other and shove my sentiments down your throat. We like what we like.

WordPress or Blogger?

WordPress.

Instagram or Tumblr?

Tumblr.

Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook.

Hotmail or Gmail?

Hotmail.

Google Plus or LinkedIn?

LinkedIn.

Pinterest or StumbleUpon?

Pinterest.

About.me or Ask.fm? 

About.me.

Goodreads or Wattpad?

Goodreads.

Dropbox or Google Drive?

Google Drive.

Evernote or Simplenote?

Evernote.

YouTube or Vimeo? 

YouTube.

Flickr or DeviantArt?

Flickr.