Category Archives: Dyslexia

Meet my pit crew

Ever felt like when you are on roll with your writing time and don’t want a break? You know, like you are the fast racing cars, and need a pit crew to get fresh tires and fuel in you? 

I wrote this post, thinking about how everyone gives advice on time away from the writing or recovery of different writer’s blocks. Well, I think about sharing the tips on how I survive hardcore writing sessions. When you got a day job, and you found time in your week, or month, you do probably a hardcore session. It doesn’t matter the length of time, be it two hours or some of you who are more driven in longer sessions. Today, I am sharing my pit crew. Granted, these ain’t people or given me flat tires a change over… but the post title was a cheesy kinda fun to write.

WARNING: Now don’t be silly, and go hardcore sessions back to back or expect to do these on a regular basis. Why am I warning you? Cause even writers who do an excessive amount of writing can be exhausting as much as hardcore sessions of gaming or binge-watching Netflix. Those sessions require snacks and break in-between too. These products are not prescriptive by doctors and I am UK based. Again, a terrible salesperson, cause I am not expecting you to buy this because I use it. I just want to share some knowledge, and maybe you too can make your own pit crew too.

Anyway, first off the list. Eyes. Now, eyes are important when it comes to working. I have prescriptive eyeglasses, but even then it is not enough. Why’s that? Simple, try to do a hardcore session on a laptop, and even your eyes will tire out. So I use Optrex Double Action ActiMist Dry and Irritated Eyes Spray. On the rare occasions of a week’s worth of zoom classes and pandemic life demanding more hours online, I need this spray for my tired eyes. And that is before I do a writing session. Also, another tip is to lower your screen brightness. Or if your programs/applications allow Dark Mode. The moment my first phone had that as a setting, I have gone to the Dark Side, and never looked back!

Also, even though on Google Doc, you can only use Dark Mode for mobile devices. I clicked on Page Set Up on my laptop, and reverse my colours. Very effective and easier on the eyes.

Screenshot of one of my Work in Progress set as ‘Dark Mode’! No spoilers!

Another effect with my eyes. Again, depending on your own needs. This one may or not relate to you. If you weren’t aware till now, I am dyslexic. Worst sense of humour, they named the cause, even though the common trait is around spelling and jumbling letters! Ha! Thank you, Rudolf Berlin in 1887 for coming up with that damn word! To stop words from jumbling up all the letters between the first and last letter of each word, I need a tint. Let me explain, there are a lot of different resources. From overlay ruler when reading textbooks to set my computer for white backgrounds to have a yellow glow or just plain yellow highlighting my text. These tints can come in different colours depending on the sharpness of the letters, which doesn’t blur or make the letters jumbled up. Mine is yellow, since I was thirteen years old, I had my yellow overlay ruler to each novel I read. Once, I had my parents ordering my eyeglasses to have the yellow tint in my prescription. But I gave up after my next prescription, I did not want my whole world tinted yellow, everyone would be in The Simpson Universe through those glasses.

This is an example of what a overlay would look like in a textbook.

Finally, snacks! Well, that obvious but the amount of time I would do a gaming session, and forget the time of the day goes by. Yeah, it’s the same in a writing session. I am fortunate to have a desk with drawers that I stock up on snacks. Be that chocolate, salty or *gulp* the diet low-sugar snacks. Also a bonus, quick access to tea. As a Brit, I am more fuelled on the stuff, tea is a must! I swear, I would tell Doctors to use tea than IV transfusion. And I am sure coffee-lovers would feel the same. If you need a space in your home away from distractions and any interruptions, you need fuel in your pit crew!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my pit crew. Have you got your own pit crew? Hit the Like button, Comment and Do share yours down below or anything else you think you help other writers.

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