Frivolity,  Writing

Timesuck and Productivity

No, not the name of an undiscovered Austen book.

I’m thrilled to announce that I have discovered a new timesuck.


Lots of good stuff there. I hope someone will eventually add an Austen clip for our edification and enjoyment.

MI0000315907Today is my writing day and I’m all set up in the eyrie (ok it’s on the second floor but eyrie sounds so much better) with a thermos jug of tea and snacks which I seem to have eaten already. I’ve dusted off my writing CDs, an opera compilation, Ann Sofie von Otter’s crossover album with Elvis Costello For the Stars, and Handel’s Messiah. I know, weird, but I like to listen to vocal music when I write. I have yoga blocks and a couple of short workout videos bookmarked  if I need to take a break.

Six months ago I wasn’t even sure if I’d ever write again. Zero ideas, zero motivation, zero interest. But it’s come back and whether it was because I feared I might actually have to start cleaning the house and attacking the weeds outside as a substitute, or I’d have nothing to talk about, who knows.

So I’ve started a new three-book series (with an alpha male hero, no less!), resurrected something old, and am preparing a workshop on writing comedy. (Title so far, which is about all there is: Romance: It’s No Laughing Matter.)

What about you? What are you up to?

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
9 years ago

I’m so happy you’ve got the mojo again. Looking forward to see your take on the alpha hero!

This week I’m continuing the Return to Life After Flu, catching up on boring tedious stuff, exercising again despite the body’s protests and doing some good edits on the 80K or so of the manuscript I have already. Editing always helps me get back into my characters’ skins. Hope to reach new material next week.

9 years ago

Glad you are in a productive mood. I get them and usually sidetrack myself. If I can stick to it and get a descent start, I can actually be productive. I’m not a writer, so that means I’ll be cleaning my house or working in my garden. Not fun, but what I have let slip lately.

9 years ago

That bad lip reading video was great – and I imagine it’s even funnier if you know who the guys are! Please someone do Austen, or sports stars in some sport I’ll recognise (UK here) – maybe tennis?

So glad you’re feeling better about writing. Sometimes you just have to take a break, even from something you love. But I do find it weird that you can write while listening to music, especially vocal!

Get every new post delivered to your inbox
Join millions of other followers
Powered By
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x