Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What I Need When I’m Editing

I think an important part of editing (and writing for that matter) is having a space that is yours. It can be your favorite comfy chair, your desk, your home office, but you need to make sure the conditions work for you.

I can write/edit with music blaring, my boyfriend yelling at a football game, the phone ringing, dogs barking…noise just doesn’t bother me. I’m able to tune all that out, but I do need easy access to snacks. It’s sad, but no matter where I’m writing, I have a glass of water to my right and a bag of twizzlers (or other candy) to my left. I know this sounds crazy (and I don’t always eat the candy…okay, who am I kidding, I do) but just having these things around makes me able to focus on the task at hand.

I have a laptop and I work better on the couch then at my desk. I like to be comfortable so I can “zone into” my work. I think a big part of buckling down and writing or getting around to that edit is making yourself happy in the space that you have.

Tomorrow – Tips on Self Editing

11 comments:

  1. Ha! I'm exactly the same way with noise and candy. I have two young children so there is always noise. And I have to have Twizzlers or Good & Plenty on my desk. :)

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  2. Twizzlers have definitely saved my day more than once! I'm glad I'm not alone on the snack front :)

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  3. I wish I could write in a noisy environment...I have been known to tune out entirely while reading in subways, trolleys, taxi cabs, restaurants, sporting events, but writing is different, somehow. It's harder, heh. I need to be able to submerse myself in my time period, and if I have modern music playing or if my parrots are screaming for attention, it's hard to disappear into the quiet of the 19th century.

    But endless cups of tea help. :3

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  5. I need to have music playing as I write.

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  6. What kind of music? I actually prefer upbeat music to soothing (when I'm writing) or I start to lose focus and become sleepy. :)

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  7. For music, I enjoy a Pandora channel of movie soundtracks. Makes everything seem more dramatic. I'm also a couch/laptop person. Haven't tried twizzlers while I write, but since you mentioned it, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it...

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  8. It depends on what I write, but I like having movie soundtracks on for the most part. Mixed with the occasional jazz or classical.

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  10. Very well written, good to have little humor in your post as it keeps reader interested in the post. Thank you for sharing this piece with us

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