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The everything board / Great advice - copied from Grammarly Blog
« on: January 19, 2015, 11:49:21 AM »
I am not sure if it may be a commercial company but I have been loving their tips and terrible puns for some years now. I most surely have trouble with the final hint here - Facebook is my downfall :)

5 Healthy Writing Habits All Aspiring Writers Should Practice
by Allison VanNest • January 15, 2015

Writers aren’t exactly known as the paragons of physical and mental health. Almost prerequisites for the craft, depression and alcoholism have haunted so many eminent writers, including Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, and Sylvia Plath. Although living a stable, healthy lifestyle might be alien to many successful authors, healthy writing habits are not.
Yes, writing is a creative process, but it is also work that demands discipline and routine. As Hemingway said, “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.” Here are five habits that behoove any aspiring writer to follow.

Read religiously

As Stephen King put it, “You have to read widely, constantly refining (and redefining) your own work as you do so. If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” Reading the stories of others is how we learn how to shape a narrative and perfect our prose. King recommends reading for four to six hours a day, which might be a little ambitious for writers with day jobs. Nevertheless, remember that making time for reading is just as imperative as making time for writing.

Schedule writing time

A mistake many neophyte writers make is relegating writing to the dregs of the day. Tacking writing on to the end of the day is ill-advised because, assuming life doesn’t get in the way, you’ll probably be too tired to write well anyway. As with any worthwhile endeavor, you should carve out time in your day to devote to writing. Don’t just promise yourself you will, either — actually schedule the time in your calendar and stick with it.

Edit, but not as you write

Remember that drafts are just that; they are, by definition, not perfect. When you’re tempted to edit as you go, remember the wise words of Ally Carter: “Don’t get it right, get it written.” Done is better than perfect as far as drafts go. Let your words flow when working on a draft, channeling your energy into creating rather than revising. Once you have a finished product, you can, and should, edit to your heart’s content.

Set quotas and limits

If a novel is your goal, you might set a daily goal of 1,000 words. You can probably even handle 2,000 words per day if writing is your sole occupation. Some writers force themselves to hit their word quota regardless of how long it takes. While this kind of discipline will serve you well, overdoing it might eventually become counterproductive if you get burned out and find yourself unable to write consistently. Instead, consider setting a firm limit on the number of hours you spend writing per day, in addition to aiming for a daily word quota.

Practice good writing hygiene

The climate in which you write, including your environment and time of day, should be conducive to focus and the creative process. Some of the most prolific writers say they work the best in the morning hours and save the afternoons for reading. Wherever you write, minimize distractions, which might mean keeping the Internet off-limits. Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, for example, has a dedicated writing computer that runs DOS, has no spellcheck or auto-correct features, and can’t connect to the Internet. Without these nuisances, he’s found he’s more productive.

Establishing these few simple habits can help you transform your writing and become more prolific than you ever thought possible. For any writing habit to make a difference, though, you must stay consistent. By establishing a set schedule and sticking to it, you will have fought half the battle of creating your literary tour de force.

How many of these tips were you already following?

The everything board / Re: Christmas wish
« on: December 26, 2014, 12:15:56 AM »
Thanks - it has been a wonderful day.

The everything board / Christmas wish
« on: December 25, 2014, 01:15:37 AM »
Best wishes for Christmas and blessings to all.
May it be happy, holy and safe.
Kerrie and Don

The everything board / Keeping in touch
« on: December 08, 2014, 11:14:21 AM »

The everything board / Too good not to share
« on: December 08, 2014, 11:12:33 AM »
I hope Ian meant us to keep using this site. I feel he would.

I came across this this morning.

It was on a Facebook page 'Grammarly'

The everything board / How quickly the time goes
« on: December 01, 2014, 09:32:17 AM »
It seems as only yesterday we were holding, ever so gently, a brand new granddaughter.
This weekend past we attended her first birthday.
As it was when our own were born all our son's friends seem to be having children simultaneously; the party had wall to wall babies drowning in a sea of simulated shutter clicks.
Norah celebrated, laughing and clapping and marinading in banana cake birthday cake.
Four proud grandparents doted on her every smile.

The everything board / Waves
« on: November 06, 2014, 08:25:30 PM »
I read a poem to the folks at the frail and aged care facility and though I tried it was noticed by others that I was a bit teary.

They thought it was because it had my Mum speaking, and to an extent this is true, but also because it was written to meet a challenge on this group. I was halfway through when it hit me.

I guess silence may be respect but life keeps running - we have the sad times and I guess that will continue. As one lady in our church says 'you learn to work around the holes' but I hope we can, sad or happy, keep on writing.

Thanks to Ian.

The everything board / Re: Ian?
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:28:10 PM »
hope you are OK Ian.
We worry

The everything board / For all the writers
« on: October 11, 2014, 07:22:20 AM »

Hope this works.

The everything board / Re: Overshoot
« on: October 05, 2014, 07:16:21 PM »
So would I Cathleen.

The everything board / Re: Overshoot
« on: October 03, 2014, 08:10:18 PM »
After reading this a friend was telling me of his red wine vs white trousers spill.  Also ungood.

The everything board / Overshoot
« on: October 03, 2014, 11:32:21 AM »
At a churchy training 'do' where everyone sits in a circle (no hiding behind tables or the row in front) I had need of a nature call.
The hand wash white creamy liquid soap overshot my waiting hand, and the basin as well, landing in a spurt down the front of my black trousers.
Hmmm - this doesn't look good I thought to myself - and tried to wipe off the offending soap with the paper towelling provided (also white) and some water - this resulted in a foaming bubbles white stain.
More water and towelling seemed to remove this and I was able to return to the 'do' with just a dark wet crotch ... or so I thought - as I emerged into the sunlight it became very apparent that the paper towelling was not particularly coherent - I had a dark wet mark covered with tiny shreds of paper which was not particularly invisible at all.
Luckily I had a tissue of the non-shredding non-shedding variety in my pocket so with the application of more water and dabbed tissue I was able to remove the whiteness.
By this time all hope of sneaking back in were gone as the next session had commenced. Flying (no pun intended) to my seat I managed to cover myself with the notes folder but it was an uncomfortable afternoon sitting soaked through every layer as I was and it being not particularly warm inside at all.

The everything board / Re: From tanks to toys 1/2/1 Santa
« on: September 23, 2014, 12:35:40 AM »
It was a religious experience

It would be.

The everything board / Re: From tanks to toys 1/2/1 Santa
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:55:07 PM »
I know it off topic but this line "take some dynamite you might find it handy"reminded me of a Redex trial driver.

The everything board / Re: A thought
« on: September 20, 2014, 09:29:02 PM »
Just being able to sue for breach of promise ....

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