Skip to content

Keep your writing app open

Iain Broome
Iain Broome
1 min read

There are many techniques and methodologies and goodness knows what else that claim to help you with your productivity. For writers, there is often a battle to get started, but the keeping going, that’s also tough, what with all those pesky distractions. This year, I’m trying a new approach to writing fiction and it goes against everything I’ve ever done. But it works.

In sight, in mind

Via the passage of marriage to my wife, which is how it usually happens, I am son-in-law to widely published children’s author and all-round maker of fine evening meals, Kathryn White. I spoke to her on a recent episode of the Write for Your Life podcast about her writing process. It’s from this conversation that I came to an obvious conclusion.

If my writing is in front of me, if it’s always nearby, both in sight and in mind, I will probably write more.

Kathryn keeps her laptop open in the living room at all times. She will do the bulk of her writing in the study, but when she’s finished, she takes the laptop with her and sets it up in the communal area. She goes back to it on a regular basis and does a little writing here, a little writing there. I’ve seen the system in action. It’s effective.

Always open, always there

That’s not the tip I want to pass on or the approach I’m taking this year, but it’s based on a similar notion. I’m not taking my laptop with me everywhere I go, but to make sure I always have my work close at hand, I’m never shutting it down. My writing app of choice is Scrivener. Scrivener stays open. Always.

In fact, not only is it always open, whenever I leave my desk to get a nice cup of cocoa or change a nappy, I make sure that my writing is the first thing I see on my return. I figure, if Twitter is the first thing I see, I will likely tweet. If my writing I the first thing I see, I will likely write. So far, that theory is proving to be true. It makes perfect sense.

Share your thoughts

So there you have it. A super simple productivity tip for writers. Feel free to tell me yours in the comments.

Productivity

Iain Broome Twitter

I'm the author of the novel, A is for Angelica. Every week, I send Draft Mode, a newsletter full of tips and tools that help you improve your craft and promote your writing.

Comments


Related Posts

What to do with your unfinished manuscript in 2013

It’s a new year and everyone is making resolutions and predictions. When it comes to writing, there are three main options, especially if you’re halfway through a major project and wondering what will happen to it in the coming months. Here are those options as I see them.

Quality over quantity when it comes to practising your writing

This episode came about after reading a nice article by the designer, Frank Chimero [http://blog.frankchimero.com/post/1308140003/im-a-graphic-designer-but-i-feel-that-im-not-a-great] , where he talks about the need to write regularly as part of a practice routine. I agree mostly, but I also think that quality is more important than quantity.

6 things you can stick in your ears to improve your writing

There are many things us writers can do to tinker with our writing environment. We can write at a different time of day or we can use a different piece of writing software. The options are endless. But I like to stick things my ears. And I’ll tell you