Here’s the other half of me, where I write philosophy (and other clutter in my head). I published my first philosophy book yesterday. Please enjoy and comment.
While my own life is caught in the fecal-flinging whirlwind of having to move, I decided to host a few guest posts. This is Graeme Brown, a Fantasy author (more…)
Good 1st Drafts are like good 1st Dates: Brimming with excitement, blinding to imperfections.
Discouragement for a writer is crushing, paralyzing. If we don’t believe in our work many will falter, regardless of the strength of our skill and the project. A writer’s morale is vital for, just like an army, if it believes it is defeated… it is.
But there is another demon at work in a writer’s life, one that generates the opposite emotional reaction: Delusion. We can (more…)
It feels so good to “actually be ‘writing’” the story. Although it may sound strange, a danger is hiding here, for the emotional highs we get from “finishing” sections/chapters/books can sometimes hinder the creative process. We have to be careful to consistently step back, get to the window and stare.
We should repeat this practice throughout the entirety of our projects. Milling over our stories before, during and after the keyboarding is vital to writing a great novel. Keep musing, charting, planning, critiquing and, of course, typing. Novel writing is the sum of those parts.
An excellent list from Jacqui Murray for writers to keep in mind. (Actually, the whole site contains great advice for us.)
Got this jolt from Blake today in a coffee house…
Degrade first the Arts if you’d Mankind Degrade.
Hire Idiots to Paint with cold light & hot shade:
Give high Price for the worst, leave the best in disgrace,
And with Labours of Ignorance fill every place.
(I’ve nothing to add.)
I have only posted about Self-pubbing once, wherein I talk about the downside to the “Revolution.” This post by Kristen Lamb is well-considered and well-written. I encourage all Indie-pubbers out here to read it.
My gift to you for Krampus Day… Backup all the data that you care about keeping onto a cloud storage.
I’m an IT Pro for a University, and every couple of months we see a tear-smeared student lamenting the loss (more…)
After I have done all that I listed here I finally get to sit down at the keyboard and start typing it.
1) I am sure to have a “sacred space” for my writing without distractions. I write in my basement where there is (by design) no Network connection. (I even went out a few years ago and bought a used laptop with a broken wireless adapter for this purpose.) I also set the mood for my writing.
2) I lay out my scene list from my pre-drafting work and start typing. I have a master folder on each computer wherein I put a folder for that day’s work. I make a different Word doc for each chapter. (more…)
(Part 1 of this topic is Here.)
It’s because we have to live with ourselves, day-in/day-out, month following month, year stacking on year, that we cannot see our potential. We all feel that we “know ourselves”—our habits, our patterns, moods. But we’re wrong about a great number of things. Being so buried in our subjectivity, we cannot see that so many of the things we don’t like about ourselves/our lives are changeable.
A core, governing element of changing is Willpower.
The quickie-version: Willpower is not a static limitation; it is a muscle that we can build. We can become, with time, people with strong wills, people who are highly disciplined. And this means that we can become vastly superior artists (either in word, canvas, etc.) than we have been in the past.
So much of the advice we all see about novel-writing is, “Just get your ass in the chair and start writing it!”
OK, I’m being flippant. What I mean is, “No. Don’t.”
There are two polar opposite camps regarding the novel-writing process: Planners and Pantsers (the former is obvious, the latter comes from the notion of “writing by the seat of your pants”). But no one is truly at either extreme of those ends. All die-hard Planners still discover and change elements of their tale as they write, and all Pantsers are planning some of the story (in their heads, even if they refuse to write down those plans).
I try to stay as far in the Planning camp as possible, for I am convinced that we save ourselves not just hours, but months (and years?) of frustration and pain by spending the time charting our story before we sit down to type our manuscripts. What contractor do you know who just “starts building” a house without planning out every minute detail? Why would we, (more…)