A Rave on Writing: Twenty Simple Ways to Fritter Away Your Writing Time
I was going to write a post about time management — how, with a few lifestyle adjustments, you can find more time to write. Sadly, that topic has already been done to death, and we’re all none the wiser.
So I decided to take the opposite approach and share twenty tactics to help you waste those precious few hours when you could be writing.
- If you’re home during the day, become a fan of daytime television. Who knows when Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz will say something that might change your life?
- Sleep in when you have a day off. You know you need the rest, and your writing will be there when you wake up.
- Subscribe to every magazine that grabs your interest. Read them all.
- There are may books on the writing craft. Read them too.
- Don’t forget to study every new book in your genre. Research is so important!
- In fact, you should probably do an analysis of all the genres, just to make sure you’ve chosen the right one.
- Join Pinterest. Make it your first stop whenever you turn on your computer. A writer should be an expert on popular culture.
- Sign up for Twitter. Follow every editor and agent who tweets.
- Of course, Facebook is also essential. You really should check your account whenever that little number pops up beside your name.
- When you finally get around to writing, be certain that first draft is perfect. Who wants to waste time on revisions?
- Constantly brainstorm ideas for new books. Write at least the first 10,000 words of each before returning to your current book — that is, if you can remember what that book is. Working on lots of simultaneous projects will prevent boredom.
- Spend hours researching every detail about anything you might include in your book.
- Meet your fellow writers at a cafe to “write.” Spend that time talking so no one can actually accomplish anything. Networking is crucial to your writing career.
- Don’t write when your husband is home.
- Or your kids.
- Actually, it’s best if you only write when you have nothing else to do.
- And of course, it’s useless to write unless you’re feeling creative.
- Don’t worry about establishing a daily routine. Writing should be spontaneous.
- It should also be brilliant, so don’t commit any thoughts to your computer screen until you are sure they are profound.
- Start a blog. Update it constantly.
Now, it’s your turn. Leave a comment about how you waste time when you should be writing.
What’s this picture got to do with wasting time? I have no idea. It came up as a recommended image, and I thought it was pretty so I’m sharing.