MINIMALISM—IF YOU ARE A TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY WRITER—IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE
Sleep is a wonderful thing—especially when you are trying to recover from something. The current fashion is to use drugs—often quite a number of pills in combinations with unpredictable consequences—but my preference is to rely on sleep first and to utilize meds as little as possible. I have no idea whether I’m right or not, but I do know that a good night’s sleep sets you up for the following day like nothing else.
Having slept late into Saturday morning, today, Sunday, I woke up full of vim and vigor and worked for twelve hours straight without a break.
“Madness!” I hear you think (metaphorically speaking) and I am not even going to try to give you an argument. However, I was on a mission—akin to the search for the Holy Grail—which was to try and determine what software I have on my computer, what software I need, and to slay the balance.
After all, a writer should focus on writing, not mastering the intricacies, deficiencies, eccentricities, and peculiarities of Microsoft Access (to give but one example).
Simplicity is all. Surely all a writer needs is a word processor and little else—and can get by with ink and a quill pen at a push
What I discovered sent me screaming into the darkness (I have tolerant neighbors).
If you include utilities, I seem to be using around a hundred different programs.
No wonder writers take to drink and have nervous breakdowns.