Here are ten things I’ve learnt about myself and how I write. I’ve probably learnt them over a few years, but this week I’ve put them into words.
- I cannot work whilst listening to music.
- I cannot concentrate very well if I have not had breakfast.
- Writing will always take longer than I expect.
- Sometimes you should just admit that you need a stapler.
- Formatting my documents with wide margins and writing in size 10 Times, with 1.5 line spacing seems to help me focus on writing better, rather than more. I guess I’m pretty superficial.
- When I am confused by the structure of my writing it’s helpful to start a new document and copy any bits of writing I particularly like, rather than try to force it.
- Sometimes I’m shy of writing emails. Drafting them at half past five one day, then reading through and send them the next morning seems to take the edge off of it.
- The pomodoro technique of 25 minutes concentration at a time helps me to focus.
- Don’t do the same thing every 5 minute break. Twitter is nice but sometimes it’s better to move around. Similarly do not get yourself a cup of tea or glass of water every time. It just won’t work.
- Happily there doesn’t seem to be a productivity lapse if I write whilst wearing my pyjamas.
Feel free to add more in the comments, I’m really nosy and love this sort of thing