How To Multitask When Writing by Tanya Butler

When it comes to writing it is always a challenge to focus on the 1 scene you’re writing
because the way I see it, it all has to link together and you really have to think ahead or
‘multitask’ as I like to call it. It’s like trying to carry one child in you arms while 3 others
also want your attention (possibly cuddles too) and here’s the real kicker you HAVE to give
everyone of them nurturing all at the same time. So what do you do?
Here are 3 easy steps to a successful multitask writing session.
1: Like the picture above indicates, Coffee. Lots of coffee is required beforehand, especially
if you just aren’t in the zone for wanting to write. Once the caffeine has kicked in it does help
you focus but don’t over do it yeah, too much will only result in less writing time as you’ve
been sat on the toilet at regular intervals.
2: Don’t overthink it, just write it. If you are struggling to find the right emotion for a
character because your brain just won’t give you the word you’re desperately trying to find,
just write a generic “X” if need be, then revisit when your head and fingers are working as a
team again. It might look gibberish at first, you may even read it back and wonder what on
earth you’ve wrote but if you have the essence and the purpose written down it will massively
help continue the story, and it’ll help you keep on track with the end goal.
3: Convince yourself you know the entire story. The fun in writing, I find, is in the making
up part. So if I need a scene to begin with a character needing to reveal something big, by the
end of the scene that character needs to be and feel different, as well as all the others he’d
revealed it too. You know those things are a certainty but how it plays out when you’re
actually writing may be different, the filler part is where you should let your creative juices
flow. Don’t be hard on yourself, just write it and if it can keep all the plots intact then you
know you’re doing something right. If what you’re writing changes the story then stop, hit
DELETE and try again.
I am in the process of writing my first novel and with over 3 years of Screenwriting
experience at University I have discovered is that the story needs a solid framework, the
characters and setting need to be strong and believable and if you have those then you have a
good formula going.
Wishing you all the best with your creativity!


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