The days are starting to blur together – NaNoWriMo is coming, and my question is, how does your desk look?
Mine could use some cleaning (and I’d love to get that second monitor set up), so I’m going to focus on that over the next two days – cleaning and organizing.
I’m not sure if there’s any truth to that old adage “tidy desk tidy mind.” There have been studies done about it though. There have also been studies about messy desks being a sign of genius too.
Genius or not, I just want to start out with a clean desk. Right now I have a little orange lizard under my monitor (it’s eating a cleaning cloth), an R2-D2 tin holding whiteboard markers (and a BB-8 behind him), a coffee can holding feather pens (a gift given to me by a family member), a fake Monster Energy drink (it says “Good Morning,” and if I push a button it’ll shock you), my water glass for today, and a Fallout bomb that glows when the USB is plugged in. Okay, I admit my desk might be messy. Oh. And the Japanese calligraphy pens. And the pestle rod. And way too many cleaning cloths. Fine. Very messy.
Which is why it’s time to start organizing, tidying, and planning (both with and without my NaNo project!)
Goals for this week:
Organizing – Making sure that my notes, files, and plans are where I need them. If I have a character questions, I don’t want to go digging for notes, I want to write. Same thing if I have a problem remembering the setting, the plot, or where my characters need to go next.
Planning – And the above means I need to finalize the plot of what I want to happen in the middle of Lucky #7. I’ve got the beginning, and I know how I wish to end it, but that middle part is a little murky.
Tidying -Bigger things moved to Tuesdays and Fridays, but at least an hour on other days. Those are the days I work from home, and while I don’t want to spend my remote work time cleaning the apartment, doing laundry, and washing dishes, all of that still needs to be done. (Especially if we host a Thanksgiving part this year!) Why should I care about my environment? Because I know it effects it can have on my mood, and therefore on my writing. I know I do much better when my environment is clean – I’m not sure if it’s because I don’t have to low-key focus on distracting things or if it’s because it makes me feel better, but I know it’ll hit me, so I’m going to take care of that at the beginning of the month (technically before the month starts).
Steps to take on a week day:
- On train – check forums, Twitter
- Before work, plot or write in cafe
- Jot down ideas during work if not too busy
- Write plots for submissions during lunch or edit Chapter 1
- Do freelance editing after work
- Check forums on train ride home
- Tidy apartment/desk/office for 1 hour while thinking about what needs to be written
And after all that? Coffee. Many Quests finished and creatures defeated at 4thewords. Hopefully a smooth sailing NaNo! Don’t worry though, my desk will still have character 😉