Day 29: What do you do while you write? Do you listen to music, watch TV, eat snacks, etc.?
This is a dangerous question. Paraphrased it might read “With what sparkly trivialities do you busy yourself whilst pretending to write?”
I like to think I can multi-task, but hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my number, so call me may—
Wait, what were we talking about?
Oh yeah. “Doing while writing.” It can be done, but must be done with care—namely, in a way that ensures creativity and productivity rather than detour, distraction, and bouncing about (the room) (the house) (the internet) like a feral kid in a candy store. Does anyone remember the 90s and that Warner Brothers cartoon “Animaniacs”? They had this great little segment called “Good Idea, Bad Idea”. Here’s a refresher:
Now then, I’m going to play myself a jaunty round of Good Idea, Bad Idea as relates to writing conditions.
Good Idea, Bad Idea: While You Write Edition
Good Idea: Putting on an ambient, chill, or instrumental playlist.
Bad Idea: Pumping up the danceable jams with LMFAO, Franz Ferdinand, Foster The People, or anything you’re ashamed to admit you know all the words to: Ke$ha, Glee, Backstreet Boys, High School Musical, the soundtrack to Lion King…
Good Idea: Listening to music with a mood or tone similar to what you need for your piece.
Bad Idea: Listening to your favorite comedians crack jokes about Hot Pockets, toilet books, and Sir Mittington Romney.
Good Idea: Preparing a snack before writing.
Bad Idea: Stumbling onto Punchfork, finding six or seven new recipes to try, saving them to your computer, spending ten minutes debating which one to try first and then moving your laptop to the kitchen so you can bake blackberry-peach cobbler and write.
Good Idea: Getting up to stretch and walk at regular intervals.
Bad Idea: Getting up to do the laundry, tend the garden, meet a friend, see a movie, or hit the pub at regular intervals.
Good Idea: Looking up synonyms and new words.
Bad Idea: Looking up the latest Facebook updates, epic fails, and LOLcatz.