When Things Go Wrong

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Keep Writing: Productivity is Income for Writers

That grinding noise you can hear is my teeth…

My brand new (less than a month old) iPad is on the fritz. Ho hum. It just won’t turn on. It’s an expensive sheet of aluminum and glass.

It’s very annoying, because I did three hours of work on it yesterday at the library and none of it is backed up. I keep telling myself it’s only three hours’ worth… And it doesn’t help much. :-)

The work I’ll never get back includes: three planned scenes on a novel, notes for a new product, as well as several draft articles.

(Sound of much cursing.)

So what do YOU do when things go wrong?

The first thing you need to do is keep your head, and accept that you’ll be uncomfortable and distracted for a day or two, as you rescue what you can from the disaster.

Accept that you won’t be able to rescue everything, and that you’ll lose precious time.

Productivity is income for a writer. This means that you’ll lose some income today, and probably for a few days.

Here’s what I’m doing:

* I’m reconstructing what I lost, while it’s fresh in my mind. Since I have a couple of deadlines, I don’t have time to type it out, so I’ll be dictating what I can remember as quickly as I can.

* I’m restructuring my workflow. To be honest, I hadn’t expected the iPad to become as much a part of my workflow as it has. It’s constantly beside me, and holds my planning material, as well as many outlines and notes.

Although having my outlines on my iPad is a small thing, it’s become an integral part of the way I work. I keep looking to my left, and expecting to see the iPad… :-)

* I’m looking through my schedule, to see what work I can move to the weekend, and early next week, so that I can cram the “rescue what I lost” tasks into today’s schedule.

Life happens. My little disaster is a small one. It could be much worse.

The key for any writer when disaster strikes is to get back to writing. Always keep your focus on your writing, and be as productive as you can.

If you’re having an uncomfortable day too, commiserations, try to relax. Get back to writing. :-)

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Angela Booth is a copywriter, author published by major publishers, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills at her online store. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.

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Angela Booth is a copywriter, author published by major publishers, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills at her online store. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.