Writing and Process

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last updated: 20 November 2018; tags: tagging  housekeeping 

Many authors use word count as a measure of how much work they have completed. While there are benefits to this approach, focusing at the word count loses sight of the work that is necessary to get the words down. A better approach may be to use the Pomodoro technique …

last updated: 17 November 2018; tags: time management  Pomodoro technique  timer 

The maxim never do today what you can put off until tomorrow probably sounds like the ultimate justification for laziness. In truth, it’s one of the best ways to focus and improve productivity.

last updated: 7 November 2018; tags: time management  priorities 

There’s a notion about multitasking—it’s touted as a route to efficiency and greater productivity. In reality, it’s one of the most counter-productive approaches to working.

last updated: 19 October 2018; tags: time management  multitasking 

For every book I have written there’s always something special for me as the author. Sometimes I’ve just tried something different and it worked and at other times it can be a character that I feel was realized especially well. Whatever the book, if …

last updated: 12 June 2018; people: Clementina  tags: High Five  Bag Man  Paris 

I am a British subject and my language is English, but let me suggest a heresy: American English spellings (and grammatical practices) should be preferred over British spellings.

last updated: 8 May 2018; tags: British English  American English 

I’m going to take a controversial line for someone who makes his living by scribbling down words: Spelling doesn’t matter. At least, it doesn’t matter as much as people make out and it doesn’t matter for the reasons they think it does. What …

last updated: 10 April 2018; tags: spelling  British English  American English 

From time to time I get questions about bad language in my books. There are variants on this question, but it mostly boils down to: will I be offended by something in one of your books, Simon? In short, maybe, but I hope not. Or at least, I hope you will agree that any …

last updated: 9 January 2018; tags: bad language  offense  Ofcom 

I was asked the question: Do you wear anything when you’re writing? The question was less about whether I wear clothes, or otherwise, and more about whether I wear anything in particular.

last updated: 13 June 2017; tags: clothes  cat 

Many people think jealousy and envy are the same thing? However, the two concepts—the two underlying emotions—are very different notions.

last updated: 14 February 2017; tags: jealousy  envy