Trust me, I’ve used every excuse in the book to justify why the first draft of this article looked more like a tweet than an essay.
As you can see, I finally got it done. It wasn’t easy, but through the development of new skills, I managed to meet my timeline. Before my ADHD diagnosis, procrastination and I had just taken our relationship to the next level, and I was committing a significant amount of time every day to doing absolutely nothing.
I wasn’t too busy to work, as demonstrated by the three seasons of Schitt’s Creek that I had binged in a single week. I wasn’t cursed by the gods of writing or just plain incompetent. Instead, I was distracted spending key writing hours researching JFK’s murder and CIA conspiracies, unable to claw myself out from the internet rabbit hole.
Being diagnosed with severe ADHD as an adult came as a shock, but I’ve found ways to counter my natural inclination toward procrastination. I’m not alone in this. Many writers struggle with staying on task and completing a project, but those of us with ADHD face a particular set of challenges.
This learning disability can feel isolating, but you’re not alone, and there are ways to manage these challenges. Not everyone who struggles with procrastination has ADHD, but if you do, this survival guide will help you efficiently manage your time while writing a novel or article.Continue reading
Picture this: You have this feeling that you had a great idea recently about something related to the essay you’re currently writing, but you just can’t remember it. But what if you had a digital note-taking system with tags, where you have kept all such ideas? It would take you mere minutes to go through the tag “essay,” and voila!
When I was in high school, apart from what was needed for studying, I didn’t take notes. It wasn’t until I was in college that I began to take notes on a daily basis. It was a downward spiral from there.
I started to fill one notebook after another with notes of books I read, videos I watched, my own thoughts, or interesting quotes. This continued until a few months ago, when I realized something momentous.
My note-taking habit was ineffective.
Despite the many notes I took, I barely remembered what I had learned. I couldn’t recall the memorable quote and interesting story I’d written down when I needed it. Worse still, I had to start from scratch with every new writing project—research again while racking my brain for little details to back up my points.
I took notes the same way school had taught me—that is, writing down verbatim what I learned and keeping the notes in the same place, never to look back again except for exams. Only, in real life there are no exams, so I didn’t bother to revisit the notes at all. Thus, all the hard effort went down the drain.
I realized I had to adopt a new strategy.
In this post I’ll show you why the old-fashioned way of taking notes fails us and how switching to digital note-taking can save the day—boosting your productivity and helping you succeed in your writing goals.Continue reading
Have you noticed how often we use our hands every day?
Think about it and you’ll realize that our hands are active every time we do house chores, carry items, and take care of kids or pets. In addition, our hands are also busy when we’re eating, drinking, playing games, using phones and tablets, and even while driving cars and motorbikes.
But for you as a professional writer, it doesn’t stop there.
Because you write for a living, your hands are also key business tools, since you use them to write longhand, type on the computer, and hold the mouse while writing for hours on a daily basis.
However, if care is not taken, doing all these day in and day out can lead to varying degrees of pain and discomfort, not only in your hands and wrists but also in other parts of your body. Added to that, it can also increase your risk of developing a condition known as repetitive strain injury (RSI).
RSI is the gradual damage to muscles, tendons, and nerves as a result of repetitive motions like typing, using a computer mouse, working on an assembly line, and other similar activities. Symptoms of RSI include pain, tenderness, swelling, stiffness, tingling, and numbness, and they can affect not just your hands and arms but also other parts of your body.
You can reduce the risk of developing all these and achieve your goals as a professional writer when you take care of your hands and keep them in optimal condition.
Ready to learn how?
Then keep reading to uncover five effective ways to take good care of your hands as a professional writer, increasing your productivity at the same time.Continue reading
It doesn’t require a degree in meteorology to realize that weather affects many of our activities as well as our mood. Writing, as a hobby and certainly as an integral part of our professional routine, couldn’t be an exception.
On the surface, the influence of weather in our writing seems to be a matter of mood, and a fairly simple one: Good weather, good writing mood; foul weather, foul writing mood, right?
Well, no. It’s not that simple.
The complexity of the way weather affects our writing lies in the fact that there is a lot of subjectivity involved. Some of us like snow and winter; others prefer heat and summer. Indeed, most of us have varied responses to weather, our preferences depending on various factors, including how we feel on a given day, which complicates matters further.
Even then, we can actually leverage weather we don’t particularly like to produce texts of certain kinds, as I will show you in this post.
We would need a steampunk weather machine to … control the weather, but until one is available, we can opt for the next best thing: controlling how weather affects our writing.Continue reading