Writing the First Draft: The No-Nonsense Guide for Authors
- I go to a quiet room, office, library or coffee shop.
- Depending on where I am, I brew/order a cup of coffee.
- I disconnect my computer from the internet.
- I put my phone in airplane mode.
- I open up Scrivener.
- I arrange the outline for the chapter in question.
- I set a timer for 30 minutes.
- I write, keep my fingers moving and avoid stopping to edit myself (this is harder than it sounds).
- When the buzzer sounds, I stand up and take a two-minute break.
- After this break, I review my outline and notes.
25 Things About Writing
by Justin McLachlan http://www.justinmclachlan.com/1670/25-things-writing/
also in: http://pin.it/HwXSc4n
- Real writing is actually a lot of rewriting.
- Your friends won’t be as impressed the second time around. Don’t let it stop you.
- Grammar, punctuation, spelling — it’s okay if all these things come last.
- First drafts universally suck.
- Avoid the advice of those who tell you otherwise of #5.
- Trying to edit while writing is like trying to chop down a tree while you’re climbing it
- Writing can be lonely. Very, very lonely.
- Inspiration will never strike when you need it to. Just write. Do the work.
- Complex construction doesn’t equal complex though. Simplify.
- Deadlines. Goals. Set them, and stick to them.
more on proofreading in this IMS blog
more proofreading techniques for the EDAD doctoral cohort on Pinterest