Writing regimens for busy people, Part 2

Partridge Singapore returns with Part 2 of writing regimens for busy people.

Dialogue. Here’s a dirty little secret for you: dialogue can be used to increase wordage and especially the number of pages in a document. It is generally easier to write than narrative, and takes up much more space. So, a page of dialogue contains fewer words than a page of narrative.

Author Zadie Smith advises writers to “Work on a computer that is disconnected from the internet.”

Time of day. Partridge Singapore suggests that you choose one time a day for writing, and that you religiously stick to it. For the majority of us, afternoons are not a convenient writing time, and so we must choose either early morning or the evening. As you only need to write 400 words per weekday, you don’t need tons of time. You can jot down a few ideas during the day and then put them into something coherent in the evening, or wake up the next morning and write them when the house is quiet.

Writing vs. editing. Spell Check has actually slowed down the writing process. Correcting your writing as you go along will slow you down and use up your energy – but worst of all, it will distract you from your creativity. You may find it easier to write with the spell check function turned off, and to then turn it on when you get to the editing stage. Some authors still write with pen and paper; some like to be lying down; others like to write with music on, or with their families around making noise. The only “wrong” way to write is if you wait for inspiration.

Partridge Singapore trusts this helps

Partridge Singapore is always looking for ways to help you get past all the obstacles to writing, and writing regimens are critically important. Make sure to check out the Partridge Singapore site for more related tips, as well as Partridge Singapore Facebook and Partridge Singapore Twitter.



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