Hey, I didn't mean to clog up the blogalanche by starting my little writing game. Ideally, we can continue the game whilst blogging, so I'm gonna keep things rolling.
This would probably fit in with several other posts--writing quirks, distractions or spaces--but I thought I'd just start fresh.
I've been having a lot of trouble getting keyboard time in lately, probably due to the holidays and general business of the time of year. Regardless of the reasons, my writing's been suffering. I realized after reading the distraction post that the internet is a big problem for me. So after lots of internet research (chuckles) I bought myself an Alphasmart Dana. Basically, it's a small, highly portable word processor that is PC compatible. It runs for a week or more off of three batteries and seems fairly durable. When you're done writing you just hit the on/off button and it automatically saves your work. Then, when you hit the on/off button again--an hour, a day or a week later--it resumes right where you left off. And...no internet.
I've found so far that it allows me to focus on the story by taking the temptation of the internet away and also giving me almost instant access to my work. Maybe I'm just lazy but it's working well so far.
Someone wrote something about writing in different spots around the house, and so I thought I'd try that out. I like it. Now I can move around the house and even sit outside while the Jack Russell does her thang, and get some words in.
But that's just me. I know many of you guys like the comfort of a home writing base. I do too but I guess I'm expanding my horizons and in the process I'm getting more writing done.
Technically this post isn't about writing places, though. What I'm interested in is writing gimmicks. Is there anything that you do--mystical rituals or imagination-stimulating excercises--or even real exercise, that helps you to get more writing done? I'd like to know cause if it doesn't sound too crazy, I just might try it.