Now I know you were expecting some hip music score to help you unwind this Monday evening but instead I’m going to do something a little different today. Yeah, I know. Why can’t just stick to doing one thing well? Have to always be jumping around trying this and that. Blame it on my ADD. Wait, I don’t have that…
Anyway, today I bounced on over to Odeo and found a nice mp3 that gives a few tips on getting the most out of your work day. Now these tips are pretty simple and you may have already heard them before but some things just bear repeating. Especially if you haven’t implemented any of them yet and are still struggling to get things done. I, personally, can vouch for tip number one which is to organize your work area. This goes a long way towards clearing your mind. When your desk or closet or kitchen table is cluttered, so are you because everything on that surface or in that area represents something that needs to be done and you become constantly distracted by that fact. So much so that you are unable to focus on the task at hand and you end up spending all day just getting ONE thing done.
Organized space = Organized mind = Increased productivity. Enjoy 🙂
A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
– Ring Lardner
This quote was on my Google homepage and I just had to post it. Oh and just so you didn’t know, in the US of A the Forever Stamp is now on sale for $0.41 per stamp. Buying this stamp is supposed to help guard against future rate increases as it good for, well, forever. Even if the price of stamps increases, as it going to on May 14 (yay!), you can still use the stamp without worrying about paying the difference.
So of course I suggest that every writer rush down to the post office right now and buy a lifetime supply of these stamps. So when your manuscript gets rejected and the editor sends back a scathing letter insulting you, your writing and your dog, you can at least feel good about the fact that you saved some money 🙂
Pick a character any character. Preferably one you haven’t thought about or written about in a while. Or even, provided you don’t try to get the story published, a well known character. Now add one of the following character traits and see how it changes things for the character. The goal is to look at an old and perhaps abandoned character and give them whole new outlook on life which, hopefully, in turn will revive the story they are in.
I tried to get a good mix of both good and bad characteristics but, ya know, the bad are so much more fun to work with.