Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Things I must get better at ...


For this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group post, I'm listing a few things which I'd like to be better at.

1. Keeping cake crumbs out of the keyboard.

2. Not writing pratice when it should be pratise (and vice versa).

3. Avoiding getting distracted by the internet and then convincing myself I was working hard all day.

4. Having my photo* taken without blinking!


5. Focusing on my weaknesses instead of strengths and therefore feeling insecure.

Do you have bad habits you'd like to break?

*Taken on Monday and yes, that is HRH.

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  1. Making endless cups of coffee just as an excuse to leave the keyboard....

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    1. I never do that, Patrick. I'm a tea drinker.

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  2. I'm not good at saying 'no'. If a project sounds exciting, I say yes and then find myself burning the candle at both ends, bonfire in the middle. Get up early. Go to bed late. On the plus side, I achieve a lot?

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    1. I have got better at that, Anne. I can't function without enough sleep.

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  3. I think the biggest single thing I need to improve is my output. Less surfing, less multi-tasking, more getting on with it.

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    1. I'm guilty of the kind of 'multi-tasking' which ends of with none of the tasks getting finished, Sheila.

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  4. Making time for myself and my writing at the moment I am a GOFA for every one in my family - must learn to say no sometimes.

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    1. You deserve to do what you want at least as much as everyone else does, Niddy.

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  5. a Brush with Royalty... I hope the cameraman took a few so the only one wasn't the Blinking one! How exciting for you. Did she talk to you?

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    1. She didn't talk to me, the kids grabbed her attention and she was on a really tight schedule (I suspect she usually is)

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  6. You have so many strengths to be proud of Patsy, so don't forget to pay them attention. Lovely picture! Did you give her a signed copy of Firestarter?? She'd have loved that :)

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  7. I thought no one was going to mention the Royal connection. Go on, tell us about it?

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    1. Not actually a lot to tell, Maggie. I was there photographing a ship. She was there naming it. Just a normal day for us both.

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  8. Yup, focusing on the negative instead of the positive.

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  9. I have lots of bad habits: procrastination being my biggest fault when it comes to writing. More info on that photo please!

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    1. I've been known to procrastinate, Susan.

      What do you want to know? Shutter speed, ISO? :-)

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    2. Ha ha - no, I meant where and what were you doing with the Princess Royal! :)

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    3. She was naming a ship and I was there to photograph it - really just coincidence I was so close to her.

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  10. Can I just borrow your list! Spelling better is always a goal, or rather putting in words that are spelled right, but are the wrong word. Of for if, my for me, your for you're - etc! :)

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    1. So annoying when we know the right word and type the wrong one, isn't it?

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  11. Sure. I bought a 1-inch paint brush to clean my keyboard instead of giving up cake. Ha! I'm a stubborn one. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  12. I need to break the bad habit of wasting my time on surfing the net when I should be writing.

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna's Scriptorium


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  13. Not writing when I could be is something I'll have to work on. I hope you are not sleeping on the job of hobnobbing! Quiet a deal!

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    1. I was awake, Oscar - just doesn't look that way.

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  14. Gosh, what a load of replies! Isn't it awful that I see myself in all of them... except writing practice/practise? Having been a typist (once, a long time ago), I had to unlearn a lot of bad spelling habits very fast.

    The thing I should be better at is being able to write with other people in the room. (For decades, I've only written when I'm alone in the house.)

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    1. Writing in my lunch breaks at work taught me to tune out other people so I can write, Rosemary.

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  15. Love the photo! Bad habits to break? Procrastination, and pretending I'm working when I'm on the Internet or playing Spider Solitaire.

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  16. Oh yes ,I have bad habits that I would like to break but don't think it will happen soon. For example, I like reading until the early morning hours around four or five a.m. but I also like getting up early, which is five or six a.m. This means I am miserable and grumpy the entire day because I didn't get my six hours of sleep that is a necessity. Right now, I've decided to just leave it and when it happens get through my day feeling miserable.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia

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    1. I was going to say I can't see how staying up late to read is a bad habit, Pat - but if it means you're tired and miserable the next day then I can see it is. Hope you find a solution which doesn't involve giving up reading.

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  17. My bad habit is never getting enough writing done because I procrastinate too much.

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    1. I do that too, Jeffrey - we must do better!

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  18. Gosh, you were close to HRH! Did she shake your hand?
    When I'm writing practice or practise I always tell myself that the verb is 'to practize' and the noun 'practiss'.
    As for the internet - you and me both!

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    1. Thinking of them as sounding different might help, Liz. I shall try that.

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  19. Not starting writing early enough, lunchtime is not good enough. I must improve- less late nights would probably help.

    You can't tell you were blinking at that moment, it looks like you're looking down at a child in the front. :)

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    1. Yes, that's what I was doing, Carol!

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  20. Thinking that any writing success has just been a fluke.

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    1. Yeah - me too at times. Suspect we'll go seamlessly from that to beiving we were successful, but that's all in the past and we'll never do it again.

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