As a writer of blogs and smart-alek material, I decided some time back to try to stick to a blogging schedule. For personalities like mine, I work well with deadlines and prompts. My schizophrenic personality of being creative and and little OCD gets in the way of total free writing. What I have done to combat the vacillating, I’ve used tools (free ones) at my disposal and my husband’s help. Here a few that work for me. Keep in mind I’m running a Linux Mint on a Toshiba laptop. Your tools may be different. But mine are free…
I believe being an ex government employee ruined me forever. The constant use of portable and bright sticky notes everywhere in my office was a necessity. Changing plans, changing offices, changing bosses often left little time for major settling in. Sticky notes became a way of life. In the same way, I use sticky notes on my laptop. The linux version: xpad. I can list my blogging schedule and stick to it or not. When I login, my sticky note is there. It doesn’t go away unless I tell it to.
I also use xpad for my fun word list. While I’m reading and come across a fun, interesting or weird word I want to use later, I write it on my FUN WORDS TO USE LATER sticky note. I am enamored with authors who use words in new ways that make you cock your head and think twice about its use. I have Dictionary.com in my tabs permanently in case the word is really unique.
Some words or phrases that have made the list:
What are some of your favorite words to use later? Favorite applications or computer helps? Please share. I’ll be updating my beta testing of Scrivner on Linux soon. Stay tuned.