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One Man, Many Tasks

Well, 2012 is charging along in leaps and bounds, which is only to be expected, seeing as it’s a leap year (and before anyone asks, no I did not get anyone proposing! Mind you, I’m sure some people do it so they can have some new gloves…) March is almost upon us! Can it be that this blog is nearly two months old!

A few posts ago I talked about ideas being like badly behaved cats, always demanding your full, undivided attention at the expense of the everything else. I still stand by that comment only these cats now have ADHD. There just aren’t enough hours in the day but that’s what happens when you’re a writer and why it is important to do a little bit regularly when your time is not always your own.

Five hundred words a day does not seem like a lot but it’s manageable, whether you have a full-time job, an army of kids or several other hobbies and soon, as I learned with NaNoWriMo, the story/play/novel soon grows and takes shape. It also gives you the chance to do other writerly things such as reading, watching programmes, feeding the cats, listening to the radio, housework, telling the cats they’ve been fed, making notes on another idea, the list goes on.

So, who says men can’t do several things at once? As I write this I am watching the England vs Netherlands match (England are currently 2-0 down but what a belter from Robben?) I think I’ve proved that theory wrong, just like the whole ‘manflu’ thing is a load of tripe too! We are all one and the same.

Anyway Scribblers, hope the leap day has gone well for you all. I’m now going to try and think of a good ending to my new short story (and this blog post…)

One response

  1. Nice one, mate. The whole ‘men can’t multitask’ thing has always been a little bit of a myth…but was it propagated by women to deride men or by men to get out of chores etc…That’s a whole other can of worms, which I dare you to open. If you can do two things at once that is! 🙂

    01/03/2012 at 9:17 am

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