I’m currently going through a creative streak for the first time in a while, which means i’m writing at literally every opportunity I can find. I have simplenote on my phone, never leave the house without a notebook and pen, and have even started taking my laptop to work so I can write on my lunch breaks. My fingers are constantly itching to create and i’m going to make the most of this while it lasts. (This also means my current sleeping pattern isn’t the greatest because my brain literally won’t shut up and let me sleep!)
Obviously, a place as vast and unfathomable as The Internet can be quite a significant distraction when writing. The urge to refresh that Twitter homepage one more time to be as up to date as possible (although with the current state of the world, ignorance really can be bliss). However, The Internet, can also be a wonderful resource when you need it. I once tried to ask the break room at work what the optimal onomatopoeia would be to describe a cat walking across a tiled floor (this makes my current wip sound really boring, it’s not i promise/hope!). The debate lasted a few minutes before I remembered the beauty that is google. Within seconds I had found https://www.writtensound.com/index.php and my problem was essentially solved.
I’m fairly new to the online writing community but so far I’ve found so much solidarity and kindness in it and I’m so happy to be a part of it. The motivation it gives me is invaluable and what better resource than fellow writers sharing their experiences? Especially at this time of year when such a variety of presses have opened their submissions (us included- go and check out our submissions page!) and the community is buzzing with excitement!
There are, of course, some writing-related questions that aren’t so easily posed to your coworkers in the kitchen, or people you don’t know on the internet, those go straight to google. As someone who often writes in something approaching the thriller/horror genre, I have quite a few of these. You know, the slightly risqué ones that you fear may land you on some kind of government watchlist? I tend to follow those with a google search for “I’m not a serial killer/planning a bank robbery/holding anyone hostage I promise”, I just hope they believe me.
Where do you turn in your hour of need? Do you use community resources or do you prefer no outside influence on your writing? Let us know in the comments or give us a shout on Twitter or Instagram!