Monthly Archives: July 2009


Lessons people should learn from me:

Posted 30 July, 2009 by DLWhite in Writers Write 6 Comments

Well, actually just one lesson.

Do not open a document in Outlook email, work on it, add 2000 words to it and then save it and go to bed.


It will not be there when you wake up in the morning and want to look at it, with fresh eyes. No, no it won’t. You will be devastated and stare at the computer, mouth agape, for the better part of an hour while desperately typing phrases like ‘recover documents vista’ into google, hoping for  a miracle. You won’t find one. And so you’ll have to spend your Wednesday night sulking while you muster up some energy to RETYPE whatever you typed the night before.

But you won’t feel like it, because what you typed last night was brilliant and inspired. What you’re retyping is so much cud, just regurgitated from memory. Your mojo will be gone and you’ll have to do something to bring it back.

But somewhere around 11:30, your mojo, your writing fu will laze it’s way in and leisurely hang up the keys and slip off it’s jacket and untie it’s shoes and at some point get around to giving you some motivation and inspiration.

And at 1:07 am, you’ll find yourself back in the spot you were in the night before. And you will feel awesome about it- but you’ll also learn your lesson and choose to SAVE AS and save it in two different places and email it to yourself. You know, just to be sure.

Just so you know, that’s what’s going to happen. So do not follow my lead or my example. Do it the right way, download it and save it and then edit it.

Cause if you don’t…….well WHO KNOWS what will happen?

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Does this Stylebook make me look fat?

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