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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.

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22 Reasons You Should Participate in NaNoWriMo

I love the number 22. I also love NaNoWriMo. So I figured why don’t I combine them together in a beautiful list, another thing I love by the way.

  1. It’s a wonderful experience (most of the time).
  2. You’re writing (oh my!).
  3. You’re writing something (not everyone can say that).
  4. You’re writing something you want to be writing (I hope).
  5. You’ll have more than you started off with (yipee!).
  6. You’re not the only one doing it (look online for support).
  7. You get the fire lit longer (assuming you don’t quit after day 1).
  8. You’ll get a lot out of it (trust me on this one).
  9. you will get a taste of the writer’s lifestyle (assuming you don’t quit after day 1).
  10. You won’t have to worry about any leftover Halloween treats (if you have a sweet tooth).
  11. You’re helping the coffee industry (or whatever your drink of choice may be).
  12. You’ll know Microsoft Word like its the back of your hand (after staring at it for an hour or more every day for a month).
  13. You’ll be doing something in your spare time (how exciting is that?).
  14. You won’t ever feel bored in November (you’ll have not time to feel this way, my friend).
  15. You will appreciate every minute in your life that much more (see for yourself).
  16. Your life will change but it won’t be too drastic (no one would ever ask you to forgo sleep, that’s just crazy).
  17. Your life may be altered forever (imagine publishing the book you wrote for NaNoWriMo).
  18. You can back out of it any time (NaNoWriMo isn’t mandatory).
  19. You won’t regret this decision (you can’t regret pure bliss).
  20. You may want to try it again next year (yes, again!)
  21. You can tell your grandchildren about this (some bedtime story that’ll be).
  22. You might come to understand its awesomeness (yay!).

Have you read 22 Reasons You Should Not Participate In NaNoWriMo?

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15 Things This Novelist Does During Her PA Day

Okay, just because I have a PA Day today (some people call it a PD Day) that doesn’t mean I get a nice long weekend to sit around and do nothing. Besides, that would be awfully boring and unproductive.

Below is a tiny math equation because even on a PA Day, there’s no escaping math. It’s everywhere!

PA Day = Students’ Holiday ≠ Writers’ Holiday

I don’t have to go to school but that doesn’t mean I lounge around sleeping in until the afternoon like most teenagers I know. Sorry to all my friends. You don’t wake up at seven in the morning to write, do you? I didn’t think so.

Actually, this day off means a day of work. Not homework. Writing work.

My obsession with lists is a little unhealthy but this post will indeed be a crafty list.

A list of all the wonderful things this novelist does when she has a full day of fun to herself. Just kidding.

  • Opens Microsoft Word.
  • Stares at the blank page and blinking cursor for 5 minutes.
  • Minimizes the still blank document because she has had enough mocking for one day right?
  • Goes onto the Internet to surf the web for places to bury a body, how to make an explosive, or er, why she can’t commit to writing a novel and finishing the damn thing.
  • Finds herself on Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress, Facebook, Gmail, Hotmail, Goodreads, and YouTube simultaneously.
  • Sees she has 8 tabs open but that cruel Word processor is still taunting her.
  • Throws a pity party for herself.
  • Listens to music that makes her want to cry.
  • Spends the rest of her day saying she will write something half decent.
  • Churns out pages and pages of crap.

    Pages of Writing
    Exhibit A
  • Realizes a fifth grader could write better prose than her.
  • Attempts to sleep yet fails miserably.
  • Wishes she never has to wake up.
  • Wakes up because some brilliant idea pops into her brain at some ungodly hour.
  • Attends yet another pity party for herself this time with junk food because food solves every problem in the world.
Writing

To All Writers…Always Save!

Dear Writers,

Listen up. From a writer to another writer I just want to say one thing. It will take you like 2 minutes to read this article but it might save you 2 hours in the long run. Always, and I mean always…

SAVE YOUR WORK.

Unfortunately today I made the mistake of not doing that and I ended up losing almost all my work. Literally. I started a new Word document on my computer and began to work away. Silly me, I didn’t save because I was so “caught up in my work”. I forgot to click the all crucial “save” button. I guess I thought Microsoft Word could handle approximately 30 minutes of not freezing on me. Today of all days, Microsoft Word did not handle 30 minutes of running smoothly. On top of that it decided to freeze at the most inconvenient moment. Out of all the times I have saved my Word documents, it had to freeze the one time I did not. What a coincidence.

What I have learned from this is I am not as smart as I thought I was. The “smarter, more intelligent writer” would have not made such a horrible mistake in judgment.

Okay after about half an hour trying to recover all that I lost to little avail, I vow to save every document I open before I even write a single word. Then proceed to save just about every 5 seconds.

At least this way I can prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again.

So today’s lesson of the day is:

SAVE

Like your life depended on it…

And hey since we are all bloggers remember to save your blog posts as well. You know, in case your Internet dies one out of the million times you did not save. Although WordPress does an awesome job at auto-saving your work, it may not save everything for you.

Microsoft Word did auto save. Did it recover everything? No. Did it save all my work? No.

Will WordPress save everything for you? Maybe, if you are lucky. Will it recover all your work? It depends. It may. It may not. Do you want to take such a chance?

To save you from the agony I have experienced about 10 minutes ago, I suggest you hit that “save” button every once in a while. Is that sufficient? Technically, it should be. But to err on the side of caution, be an “obsessive saver” and never lose any work again. Or aim to lose as little work as possible.

Perhaps you may be one of those people that do not save until you are almost done writing an essay of about 5, 000 words. Or you think praying that nothing will freeze and crash is enough to keep your writing from being lost forever. Or you may be one of those people that know how important saving is. If I did not know the importance of  hitting the “save” button before, I know now that taking 1 second to hit “save” could potentially save you oh, I don’t know, 10,000 seconds of your life.

Don’t forget to save, save, and yes save.