Writing Tip (that nobody asked for)
Lemme tell y’all about my personal writer’s hack that has made my life soo much easier!
You know that feel when you’re writing and you suddenly stop like, “shit, what’s the word I’m looking for?” and then spend the next however many minutes searching until you either find it or give up? And then you come back to what you were writing like, “…I don’t know where I was anymore…”
Well I’m here to help you out with that problem!
The best piece of advice I can offer to writers is once you start writing, do not stop. Get in the zone, let the ideas flow and let that Writer’s Rush really hit you! Don’t worry about spelling, or paragraphing, and, as I mentioned, specific words.
When you come to that gap, that “what’s the word I’m looking for” feel, just take a set of double brackets, ((like so)), and describe the word you are searching for. It can be similar words, or just anything that will help you remember once you come back. This also works great if you’re trying to decide between two different words or phrases.
I go for double brackets because I use singles as part of my writing and don’t want to get confused, but also because my thoughts kinda do function like words in a bracket, if that makes sense? Like it’s not to be taken into account with the rest of the story. You can use any symbol you feel like really, just anything that’s not used too often and can be easily found, especially using Google Doc’s “find and replace” feature. (Another freaking good writer’s hack!)
Once you’ve done most of the framework for your story, that’s when you come back to your double brackets. That’s when you can take the time to search through your thesaurus (yet another good hack! I mean it! Use it!) or simply ponder your word choices.
Anyways this is what works best for me. Keep in mind that everyone is different and has their own ways of writing, so my advice may not apply to every writer out there. But yeah, if you want, feel free to try this out! Or perhaps you already have a similar system. Either way, I hope this helped in some way or another!