Wednesday, May 28, 2014
7 Life Hacks for Writers by Diana Flegal
Life Hack is a relatively new term to me yet I have been looking for shortcuts and the best way to do things most of my life.
Wikipedia defines it:
Life hacking refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life. In other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in an inspired, ingenious manner.
Coined in the 1980s in hacker culture, the term became popularized in the blogosphere and is primarily used by computer experts who suffer from information overload or those with a playful curiosity in the ways they can accelerate their workflow in ways other than programming.
Twitter: @LifeHacker that will offer you a lot of useful information and DIY tips.
MashGeek, a blog curating digital lifehacking articles since May 2011, was founded by Karan Goel to help people become more productive by using technology.
How can writers life hack and what would that look like?
OhLife is a simple email-based journal. It is not a social network or a blog - it's a place for you to privately remember your memorable days. They email you questions like, "How was your day?" and you answer the email which then stores your note.
What if you answered the questions as a character in your WIP (work in progress)? It would definitely be a way to 'get inside your character's head'. And your answers would be stored and categorized for you.
One of the best and simplest editing tools for an author to employ is to 'read their manuscript out loud'.
People keep swiping your pens? 1000 Life Hacks offers this tip.
How to write long papers from lifehackable.com I am curious to know if this would work writing a novella? Worth a try.
Buzz Feed offers some life hacks here. I think #11 is great for most writers home offices. What do you think?
Five Social Media Hacks for more effective branding.
Having trouble managing your time? Here are 6 Tools to Help You Save Time Writing that might help.
I hope you have found some hacks here that will enable you to be more productive and find extra time to spend with your family and loved ones this summer!
Share a shortcut you employ in writing or let us know of an article or site that you have found useful.
Just for fun. Keep scrolling down until you see the bacon pancakes. Bam!