Over the next few months, Poynter will publish shortened versions of 21 chapters of the book “Help! for Writers,” by Roy Peter Clark. Published by Little, Brown, the book lists common problems writers face and offers 10 solutions for each of the problems.
Problem 4: My work habits are so disorganized.
1. Clean out the clutter in your writing space. Stash or hide anything you can’t use on your current projects.
You need a dedicated work space for each writing project. It’s worth the time to do some spring cleaning because too much messiness wastes time and saps energy. I once saw a tweet from famed nonfiction author Susan Orlean: “Boy,” she wrote, “if I didn’t have a book project, I would never get my closets organized.”
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