Friday, December 30, 2011
The things I require to write/edit
Today, as I was trying to get Secrets of the Guardian, Waldgrave Part 3 out for publishing, I decided to snap this picture of my work area. It's my usual setup for writing and editing; I tend to get easily distracted with thoughts that I "need" things I don't actually need. However, I've discovered that if I can get everything within reach, I reduce the "tangent effect." For example, I remember I need to write something on the shopping list, so I get up to write it down before I forget; on the way, I decide I would like a soda, but there isn't any in the kitchen, so then I go to the garage, where I discover that my car needs cleaning...Forty-five minutes to an hour later, I return to the book I was working on, and having forgotten what I was doing with it.
So, whenever I am settling in for a long session, I tend to grab a notepad for things I need to do around the house, the remotes, the phone, reading material, and an editing notepad (so I don;t get sidetracked from the current task by something else I need to fix in the writing).
The cat should be self-explanatory for anyone who knows cats. (As should be the spray bottle to the right of the laptop, for anyone who has experienced a Bad Kitty during the Christmas Tree season.)
Posted by A. L. Tyler at 8:12 PM