Things that make me want to scream (for all the wrong reasons)...
Focus, or rather the lack of it.
It's frustrating when I'm working on something whether it's a blog post (like this one!) or my WIP and my thoughts are disjointed and chaotic.
I've learned...to set the computer down gently and walk away for a few minutes. I'll stretch because by now I have a raging headache or I'll drink some juice thinking if vitamin C can fight a cold, surely it can translate my jumbled thoughts into coherent sentences.
It annoys the heck out of me when I have to reread previous chapters or run through my outline to keep track of character development and plot.
I've learned...to write everything down. I outline my stories but I also write chapter highlights on index cards. This way I can quickly flip through the cards and visualize my story unfolding. Also, the cards make it easier to jump back in the mind of my characters.
I think the most important thing I've learned is to stop fighting myself and take the extra steps necessary even if they seem silly and time consuming. In the end, fighting my process is what stops my work flow and slows completing a novel.
Thank you for checking out my pet peeves. If you'd like to share ways you've improved your work process, focus or memory I'd be happy to read them.
My novel, The Burning Seal, a paranormal romantic suspense is available in the Muse bookstore.
Detective Danni Keegan is plunged into a dark, demonic world where survival depends on deciphering the connection between ritual killings, and a demon terrorizing her for a “gift” she wasn’t even aware she possessed. She must unravel her dreams of another woman who lived during ancient times and battled a bloodthirsty demon—the same demon who now hunts Danni. The loss of her body and soul looms imminent as her only chance to destroy the demon depends on changing her new partner’s convictions. He is a sinfully sexy man, who exudes power and self-assurance with the ease of breathing and has an iron-willed determination not to believe in the paranormal.