You Are Either Ignorant or Inept, Until You’re Not

Please, I hope you don’t take the subject the wrong way. I’m using the royal “you.” In The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande believes we fail to achieve complex goals in life for two primary reasons: The first is ignorance – we may err because science has given us only a partial understanding of the world and how it works. There …

NaNoWriMo 2013 Journal – Entry #3

Day five and 11,167 words down. I’m ahead of schedule, but I have a five-day getaway coming up this weekend, not to mention Thanksgiving later in the month. I’ll need to make up for things on the front end or back end. Maybe a little of both. Not helping the cause was the release of Battlefield 4 late last month. I’m an …

NaNoWriMo 2013 Journal – Entry #2

Due to the family emergency, I took a week-long hiatus from NaNoWriMo 2013 planning. Bodies and spirits are much better now and I’ve spent the past couple of days catching up. I really want to tell you guys all about my story, but I’m one of those writers who likes to keep ideas close to his vest in the beginning stages. I find it harder …

NaNoWriMo 2013 Journal – Entry #1

I ran through some free-association exercises yesterday, trying to come up with a premise that would grab me. I thought I had a good one until I reached the end of a brief outline and discovered I had plotted out: Oops. After talking it over with a friend, other interesting ideas grew from that, but we’ll see where things end …

The Great "Huh…"

Somewhere between Nebraska and California, a thought occurred to me. No, it wasn’t the only one during the three-and-a-half hour flight… As I looked out my airplane window, confronted by perfect squares of farmland, this particular thought jumped up and kicked my brain directly in its ass (who knew the brain had an ass?). I would say it was one of those …

What's the Plan Again?

I’ve talked about James Scott Bell’s LOCK system before and how it’s a fantastic way to plan your story from the 30,000-foot level (or 9,144-metre level for my foreign friends who turn their noses up at the Imperials). Let’s say you’ve spent a considerable amount of time putting your story summary together. With that behind you, you then get sucked into …

Weekly Recap – July 19th, 2013

I believe I finally exited reality this past week. For some reason, I committed to putting together some sort of write-a-thon during what will probably be an extremely busy rest-of-the-year at my day job. Taking on added responsibilities is so unlike me. 🙂 I’m glad I did though. The time will never magically appear, it has to be made. And …

Let's Write Together, Redux

Firstly, thank you to everyone for such a huge response. Instead of replying in the comments, I thought I should follow up on the original post and clarify an important point being brought up, specifically: 12 hours? Are you !#*$!* kidding me? I should have realized that talking about a 12 hour writing session needed to be qualified often, and in bold. I …

Let's Write Together, but Apart, but Together

Over the past weekend, I read The Frustrated Songwriter’s Handbook (click on the cover for an Amazon link). I picked it up several months back, and to tell you the truth, I can’t remember exactly how I came to purchase it. I think I read a comment somewhere, probably reddit, and was intrigued. I do remember the person mentioning they used …