Rachel Pilcher Writing Workshops Episode 33: When Curiosity Works Against Writers

Rachel Pilcher Writing Workshops Episode 33: When Curiosity Works Against Writers



hello and welcome to the 33rd episode of a Rachel Poulter writing workshops live thank you for joining me today um it was a beautiful day today if you've you've been able to get out and enjoy it I hope you have I mowed my yard which means I have the normal stuffy eyes watering slight headache thing going so it's good though the yard looks really great so I it's always worth doing the yard work um today I wanted to remind you that coming up on July the 27th I have the honor of being the keynote speaker at the UT a Ryder symposium for more information about that you can click on the speaking engagement section of Rachael Pilcher writing workshops comm so today I wanted to talk to you a bit about the topic at hand which is when curiosity works against writers I have to say for most people especially writers curiosity is what draws us to write so for it to work against us it has to do several things so um curiosity is very normal and a writer like I said it leads to some really great things at least two excellent stories it leads to ideas at least a research leads to all kinds of wonderful things that that make the writer's extremely productive but it can also lead writers down a rabbit hole of distraction of an activity of just you know plain not really being busy but being busy on your writing so here are several instances in which curiosity can work against a writer and hopefully some solutions that can help you out of those distractions so first digital interference that is probably the number one thing now for most people that ends up being a distraction but yet it's a curiosity we always want to know you know what's going on in the world today who said what you know what's the latest tweet from Trump yeah so it's it's one of those things though that if you end up checking more than you should it can completely distract you from being able to get any of your work done phone calls all kinds of stuff so solutions on how to fix that turn your phone off that's one thing if you can't turn your phone off one of the things I do it was one of the things I discovered that that works really well with my iPhone and some of you who call me and then you find out oh she's calling me later after I leave a message it's because I go in on especially for my phone calls and with all of the telemarketing scam calls that you get now I've gone in and selected favorites so I have like my mom and my dad my work a couple of other people that I work with it's very important if they call that I get their phone calls I have them listed as my favorites and everybody else it just gets it in the word that's one way to keep the phone calls from bothering me and I find I end up getting 20 to 25 30 calls a day of which you know maybe five of them are actually necessary so that helps you can also turn off all of the alerts on any of the apps that you have so if you have especially on Facebook and Instagram you know so-and-so commented on this post anything like that turn off all those those alerts that way if you're sitting there and you have your phone beside you and you know you have a habit of glancing over at it it's not going to tell you that those alerts have even happened so definitely do that if you need to use your phone if you feel like you absolutely have to have it there use it as a timer and I know I've said this before your phone works as an excellent timer to be able to tell you you know I need to work for this long until the timer goes off I can't do anything I can't look at Facebook I can't do any of that stuff so yeah get that digital interference and make get work for you or turn it off and the next is something I know I have several friends that are just big on you know the latest latest programs that you can do so you know they're too curious about new programs so organizational tools productivity apps you know different ways different programs that you can use to to make your writing better easier to use so sometimes getting into those though you spend so much time learning those organization tools and learning those new programs that it takes away from your ability to write the way you need to so the solution for that what were you doing before those tools came along that's the solution I mean that's it sounds so simple but it's the solution whatever it was you were using before use that because it worked for you and if you're new to writing and you're like well what what if I need that you know I have found that the best tool to be productive in my writing is to put it on the schedule set a timer if I need to and sometimes I don't need to I can just you know go into my office which is my office and shut the door and work and I get things done you know and I just I don't use any special writing program I use for my regular writing so short stories poetry anything like that I use word for screenwriting that's the only time I do use a program because everything is so specific about how your screen write your screenplay has to be formatted so I use final draft for that but that's it and there's nothing to learn about final draft really it's just you know it just sets it up and you go and you do the writing so any of those new programs you know unless you think it is the game-changer that's gonna fix everything for you do not use it just do what works for you the next one you become too curious in the research stage so this is where you end up chasing rabbits I I have a friend that has been working on a novel for two years and she constantly gets delayed because she spent so much time digging and digging and digging and digging into the research and finding more information and more information and more information that it keeps her from being able to get her writing actually done so you know don't don't push it you know the next great thing yeah that is the next great thing but if you have great information that you can use for your story or for your research that you're doing use that and go with that and finish your draft and if it turns out that you find more information between drafts that you want to put in great that works but the ideal is finish your direct function your first draft they get that done the next is you become too curious about writing techniques or forms so maybe you revise way too much you just keep revising and keep revising and keep revising and if you listen to my last facebook live then you know that really there's no need to continuously continuously continuously revise six to seven drafts is probably enough for you you know don't continue to tweak a certain section over and over and over again you get it to the point to where it works really well have other people read it have that you know get their opinion on it but don't continuously revise until you've revised so much that one it's either not going to be what you originally intended it to be where you don't ever complete it so just stick with what you have and then work on that so and that's the truth that's a tricky one because I know I've I know painters I know digital photographers that go in and do editing on their their photographs I know many other writers that the idea is the work is never complete the work is never perfect but at some point it has to be okay so you know you revising is important over revising never gets it completed so just make sure that you are doing what you can and then stop it from there so the fifth one and the final one for tonight is you get curious about what other writers are doing and then you start comparing yourself to those writers and to their success so and try to figure out well how did they do that how did this work how did that work what can I do this like what they do you know this might make you jealous it may throw off your work it may hopefully not put into your mind that well I'm never gonna be as good as them so I might as well just stop because you know I mean you're not gonna know until you complete so you need to make sure that you don't work at comparing yourself to other people and other writers one of the things that that I do whenever I start feeling like I am comparing myself too much to other people is you know I I get my journal out and I just write you know the way I'm feeling about it and then I at some point I questioned myself and like well you know what does it matter because their writing is different than my writing it always is going to be so I don't fall into the hole of comparison itis so don't look at somebody else's success maybe even somebody that you know and say well they're doing well why can't I and and fall down that hole so if you found the information helpful tonight please make sure to click like right over there in the corner and feel free to share this video with others who you think may benefit from my advice also if there is a topic that you are interested in me exploring with with all of y'all feel free for a future episode feel free to either mention it in the comments below or you can send me a message via Rachael Pilcher writing workshops Facebook page or you can email me at rachael at rachael Pilcher comm finally I would like to take a moment to remind some of y'all that I do do create creativity mentoring my calendar has opened up quite a bit and I am currently taking on some new clients so if you're interested in finding out more about creativity mentoring and the topics that I have worked with writers with in the past please head on over to Rachel Pilcher writing workshops calm and click on creativity mentoring for more information thank you so much for joining me tonight join me again in two weeks on Sunday July 28th that's gonna be the day after I do the keynote at the UTA writers symposium which I hope to see some of y'all there so join me though on that Sunday for another writerly discussion on the Rachael Pilcher writing workshops page thank you have a good evening

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