Facebook, Twitter, Alex Rider discussed on Monocle 24: Meet the Writers


Easy. And i make this point again in the book you have to. You do have to put in the work. This isn't a silver bullet. You know this isn't trick that you can pull an everything's wonderful overnight but if you put in the work you will get benefits out of it. Speaking of going to the gym. What about the opposite of that snacking whilst writing. I'll just have a cup of tea. I'll just have a sandwich. That's fine so long as you don't use that time to yet check facebook on your phone or all. Gs check my email. That's the thing because you know we all have to do that. You know we have to walk our dogs or we have to go and make a drink or crop something tweet. That's fine but wall. You're doing that let. Especially if you're a fiction writer the best thing to do is to let your brain simmer on the things that you'll writing at the moment because you often find in those moments that's when solutions to problems will come to you and it's a bit like getting in the shower. That's always when you suddenly realize you have the answer to a problem. That's been nagging at you. Same thing can happen while you making the tea or you're walking your dogs or whatever but it won't happen if you pull out your phone and go and check twitter right so i mean my mistake then probably is that. I've been trying to do. What i think is called the pomodoro metric where i work for forty five minutes and then for fifteen i let myself catch up on emails and tool the rest of it and i guess one's ones losing one's train of thought at that point it's fine to have a break but not to go off and do something else. Exactly i mean i. I don't like the pomodoro mad. I'm afraid i know people who use it. I know screenwriters who work in what they call. Sprints which is basically the same thing they say okay for the next thirty minutes. I'm going to do nothing but right in the reward for that. Is that at the end of it. Allow myself a ten fifteen minute break to go and do something else. If it works for you then. I wouldn't advocate changing on a big believer in continuing to do things that work for you. If you not having a problem with something like that then don't change it. Stick to what works but if you are having trouble focusing something light pomodoro tecnique. I don't think will help you because as you say it. Does it builds in distractions whereas again. This is mostly for fiction writers rather than nonfiction i would think but for fiction writers. The last thing you want is interruption. You want and need often sustained lengthy periods of time. Where you're doing nothing but thinking about your work fiction and you know writing down whenever you can rather than deliberately interrupting your own train of thought which again for a fiction writer. I think is kind of just not a very good idea. Now you have worked across many different genres. You started as a graphic designer You adopted anti harvard. Says alex rider books into graphic novels. You've written video game scripts. I mean you're a fiction writing..

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