I started putting together writing tips on Tumblr when I started that some time back. They’ve been fun, and I know as a writer I like seeing what works for other people. I can then adapt those things to work for me.
But Katie, why post them here if you already have them up on Tumblr? As great of a social outlet as Tumblr is, the downside of it is that in order to interact with others on the site, you have to have a Tumblr account yourself. Here, you can tell me what a
hack genius I am in these handy open comments.
So, let’s get started!
When working on a novel, I tend to find that I want to make a note to myself that I can come back to later. I don’t like making multiple files about the same piece, nor do I like the look of inserting comments.
What I find works is to have the note start with a word I know I won’t use anywhere else in the manuscript. This way I can use the Find option, look for the word, and be taken to these little reminders, notes and comments I’ve made for myself.
Best word so far? Poodle.
Because even if there is a dog in the book, you can bet it’s not going to be a poodle. Ever.