I’m in deadline mode this week. Ever been there? We’re talking the stereotypical stick-your-nose-in-your-laptop-and-never-come-up-for-air mode. If you’re a fellow writer and find yourself in the same situation, here are some tips for survival…
5. Put up a dartboard and tape your character’s picture on it. Whenever they give you problems, take a shot at ‘em.
4. Give the Starbucks barista some gas money to deliver java to your office hourly.
3. Listen to techno-dance music while you type. The words may not make sense when you’re done, but at least your fingers moved fast.
2. Disconnect your internet and give the dog your phone.
1. Block out the next month on your calendar to catch up on sleep.
Anybody else know what deadline mode is like? Any tips, practical or not, to share for surviving the madness?
(Forgive me if I don’t respond to comments today…I’m returning to my cave now.)
Happy Wednesday, everyone!
Today is a bittersweet day for me…I recently made the difficult decision to leave my role at The Writers Alley blog. I’m over there one last time today–sharing about my decision process and saying farewell. If you want to hop over and say hi, I’d love to see you there.
And for my faithful readers here, this decision doesn’t impact my personal blog. I plan to continue posting as usual.
I should preface this post by saying the title is misleading. To explain, let’s take a look at my former life.
When I needed to get any writing done, I usually worked here…
Not a desk to be found, right? Let’s just talk about the challenges with this arrangement. Yes, it allowed me to multi-task. But it also meant that any time the TV was on, food was cooking, or people were present (um, which is like all the time), I couldn’t focus.
So I went to Target, bought a relatively cheap, compact desk that fits in a corner of my bedroom, and voila.
Now I can lock myself away and crank out the word count. Amazing what a little silence will do for productivity, isn’t it?
Do you have an office space in your home? How often do you hide away there? Do you need absolute silence to get any work done, or can you work with chaos in the background?