It’s been a busy January. I’ve had lots of writing to do for work, which is great. I’ve also done some productivity training, which I’m managing to apply to work, but I kind of need to do the same for writing.

Writing

Out of all the methods we went through, my favourite time management technique is chunking, because multi-tasking is a myth. An evil myth.

I’ve been looking into time management, and why we don’t do things we know we should, and found this great video on the subject.

The two big things I’ve taken away from this video are that:

  • Time is emotion

Right now, I’m thinking “I need to rewrite this damn book.”

It’s important to me to do this, but when I think about it, I think of how bloody painful it is to do rewrites. But if every time I think about working on the book, my main emotion is…well, dread, then I’m not going to want to do it am I?

  • Change is a matter of motivation

Most people can do something if they are motivated enough. For example, if you miss a deadline, you damage your professional reputation, so you do your best not to do that. However, if you’re a writer, working on their first book with no deadline to meet, what’s the motivation to get it done?

I have a day job, I’m by no means a “starving artist” scribbling away in a garret, so that’s not a motivator. However, I do want to get this thing done before I shuffle off this mortal coil!

How have I been tackling this?

“I’ll just do one page.”

I give myself a chunk of time to write, and promise myself that I’ll only do one page. Of course, I end up rewriting more than one page. The aim is to motivate myself and change the emotion I feel when I think about the rewrite. It’s working rather well.

Reading

I’ve been on the Walking Dead graphic novels this month, and while they are entertaining, I think I need a change of tone for next month’s reading challenge. I’m thinking a light and fluffy genre that I usually avoid like the plague.

This should be interesting…

Links of the month

I used to do links of the week round-ups, but I’ll now be sharing some interesting links in future end of month posts.

  • Hanif Kureishi is a writer after my own heart. His article on imagination, and what they don’t teach writers on creative writing courses, is a must read.
  • Apparently scientists have created an algorithm to predict whether a book will be a best seller. The key seems to be using a lot of nouns and adjectives.
  • A great blog post by Victoria Grefer on remembering why we write, I think that sometimes writers get so caught up in the process, that we forget why we want to do it in the first place.
  • What’s stopping you from writing? Author, Joanne Harris published a tumbr post yesterday that gets right to the heart of the issue, I have to admit, I’ve been guilty of everything on the list!
  • Finally, I’ve just seen that a creative writing group for kids is going to open in West London. I think it’s a great idea, after all not all children want to go to sports or music clubs, some just want to write.