Sunday, 24 March 2013

Quick Tip - Leave your work with the door open

Another useful idea is to never leave your desk at the end of the day on an ending of any sort. A blank page the following morning is hard to work with. Instead, leave your project - whether it's a report, painting, art-work, musical composition or DIY job in a way that makes it irresistible when you come back to it. Leave a sentence unfinished, leave bullet points about what you're going to address next, leave part of your painting in outline, without colour, leave your thread already in the needle for the next design.

The idea is that you leave your project so it's ready to draw you instantly back in again. It's just like leaving an opened packet of custard creams beside the kettle! It's all too easy to reach in and take one. But if the biscuits are wrapped up, out of sight in a cupboard somewhere, you might make a cup of tea and not be tempted. The tiniest bit of effort required can make all the difference.

At the end of my day, I always leave sketches in the manuscript for the next section; a scrap of dialogue, notes on the action, the setting, anything that hooks me in, so that I can step straight into the feel of the story the next day. Then I stop and move away. The following morning, everything's already on the go.
(Microsoft clip art)