Data Entry and Writing: They are more alike than you’d think

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been doing a lot of data entry. It’s not my usual thing, but I volunteered. Anyway, I have discovered some interesting things that are similar to the writing process! Here’s what I’ve discovered:


1) Just Do It — Data entry, like writing, is one of those things where you just have to sit down and do it. It’s not going to get done on its own. No matter what Stephen King says, there is no psychic typewriter out there just waiting for you to go to sleep… Is there?

2) Stretch-And-Bend-And-Stretch-And-Kick — Holy cow does sitting in a chair for data entry hurt just as much as sitting in a chair to write. It’s generally a good idea to get up and move around if you’re not a writer, but even more so when your job (be it full time, part time, or whenever you can) is sitting in a chair for X number of hours in an effort to finish your novel OR fill in all the necessary fields.

3) Temptation Awaits — There comes a time when you’ve been at it so long the little icon on the nav bar looks sooooooo good. Your finger twitches on the key board, just begging to be set free to clickity-click away to that wonderful place: The Interwebz. You hunger for the inane information that wonderful world within the world contains. It’s always there. Just waiting with open arms to time-suck you away from the reality of a hard scene or difficult entry placement.

4) Speaking of Twitching — After hours of tippity-tappity and staring at a screen, no matter what is going on that screen, your eyes start twitching. It’s annoying. Also, it’s almost rhythmic and makes you wonder if your eyes are listening to techno music and forgot to tell your ears.

5) What Dreams May Come — Neither writing nor data entry will kill you… I don’t think. But both will invade your dreams. With writing, it’s kinda fun. You get to live out the plot and may even discover something new and exciting to add to your story. With data entry, it’s more of the same from when you’re awake… and more nightmare-ish. Both invade your dreams.


Those are the ways I’ve discovered writing and data entry are alike. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I didn’t sleep well last night. For some reason I had Wil Wheaton taunting me to get the data entry done right as he collates. I blame The Bloggess and extensive use of spreadsheets.

About Katie Doyle

Katie Doyle is an avid reader, writer of NA and Adult fiction, a mom to two tornadoes that resemble an eight and six year old, and pet to a tuxedo cat named Oz and a German Shepherd/Boxer rescue named Charlie. If she's not reading, writing, or getting Oz out of a tree, she's screaming at characters on TV and trying not to curse around her kids.
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One Response to Data Entry and Writing: They are more alike than you’d think

  1. Wil Wheaton? I'd not sleep if he taunted me, too. Great reminder to get things done. I need to stretch more often, for sure.

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