Saturday, February 27, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
- Set a timer: “When you don’t want to write, set an egg timer for one hour (or half-hour) and sit down to write until the timer rings. If you still hate writing, you’re free in an hour. But usually, by the time that alarm rings, you’ll be so involved in your work, enjoying it so much, you’ll keep going.”
- Don’t be afraid to experiment: “Your audience is smarter than you imagine. Don’t be afraid to experiment with story forms and time shifts.”
- Mull it over: “Before you sit down to write a scene, mull it over in your mind and know the purpose of that scene. What earlier set-ups will this scene pay off? What will it set up for later scenes? How will this scene further your plot?”
- Be surprised: “Surprise yourself. If you can bring the story – or let it bring you – to a place that amazes you, then you can surprise your reader.”
- Go back: “When you get stuck, go back and read your earlier scenes, looking for dropped characters or details that you can resurrect as ‘buried guns’.”
- Spend time with people: “Use writing as your excuse to throw a party each week – even if you call that party a “workshop.” Any time you can spend time among other people who value and support writing, that will balance those hours you spend alone, writing.”
- Not knowing is okay: “The longer you can allow a story to take shape, the better that final shape will be. Don’t rush or force the ending of a story or book.”
- You’re in charge: “If you need more freedom around the story, draft to draft, change the character names…Or worse, delete a character, if that’s what the story really needs.”
- Use different types of speech: “The three types are: Descriptive, Instructive, and Expressive. Descriptive: “The sun rose high…” Instructive: “Walk, don’t run…” Expressive: “Ouch!” Most fiction writers will only use one – at most, two – of these forms. So use all three. Mix them up. It’s how people talk.”
- Like what you write: “Write the book you want to read.”
- Get photographed when you’re young: “Get author book jacket photos taken now, while you’re young.”
- Write about upsetting things: “Write about the issues that really upset you. Those are the only things worth writing about.”
- Don’t give up.
Monday, February 22, 2021
It’s Monday again in Marty’s World.
The Coffee is very good today. The magical mystery kind of coffee that is excellent for no reason I can think of. Maybe it's because I slept so well. Maybe I am what's different and it tastes better because I am tasting it better.
I love sneaking out of bed before dawn and feeding the cats so they won't bother Brenda with anything but love and warmth as she sleeps in.
My coffee is consumed in my den as I listen to music I love. I also look at beautiful photography and art as I soak in the java. Images that inspire me.
As the sun comes up, the birds outside my window feast in my feeders. In the winter the sun comes directly into my den. The snow makes it brighter still. It's a kind of Stonehenge light. Ancient in some way.
On Mondays, after I have fed my soul a bit with music and art, I open my calendar and plan my week. Some weeks this is a bad idea. But on those weeks I will then open the traffic report and my good humor returns because traffic is no longer a concern and it triggers a Pavlovian counting of my many blessings. The writing begins.
I usually start by blogging for an hour. Scheduling posts. Select the image that inspired my writing last week. I paste in the writer's quotes I have collected in my wanderings over the last week and a short Scifi film I liked. Maybe make a new comic. This week I will finish a new short story titled, THE TWO DAVES, and a back cover blurb for my next published novel.
Then I will go make something out of wood.
--I'm still counting my blessings. She's awake now...
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
- Keep your overhead low.
- Ensure you have zealous spouse support.
- Better yet. Make sure the spouse can retire too.
- Write every day.
- Take the business side of authoring seriously.
- Help others with their writing and publishing.
- Increase your personal networks.
- Create an excellent writing environment.
- Create a Pavlovian association with writing and that space.
- Read a lot. Write a lot. Take lots of notes.
- Find inspiration everywhere. Music, art, TV, movies, nature.
- Focus on the positive things.
- Ritualize things you love, like coffee.
- Make short and long term goals.
- Reward yourself when goals are achieved.
- Avoid topics and people that piss you off. It's wasted time, energy, and focus.
- Don't sweat the small stuff.
- Don't use an alarm clock. Wake when you're rested, sleep when you're tired.
- Eat good food you love.
- Exercise even if it's just going for a walk. Take control of your health.
- Explore the world. Walks, road trips, travel, hikes, places in the world around you
Monday, February 8, 2021
Outside it's a clear, cool day and sun is shining in my window. I have plans to spend time in my woodshop building something this afternoon. Don't know what yet. Making sawdust usually makes me happy, so sawdust it will be.
Not that I am un-happy.
It just feels like there is a turning of the tide beginning. An emerging from a tunnel. like the photo. Spring is on the horizon.
I can't explain why I'm feeling it. Maybe it's because the writing is going well. I just finished the first draft of my next novel. Maybe it's my next audio edition is going well. Maybe it's because my guitar lessons have me sounding better. Maybe it's Zooming with friends more often.
The world is still a mess. Covid, Asswipes on the news, and Politics are just as bad as ever. Bias social media keeps getting worse and worse. Orwell is turning in his grave...
So I will keep drinking coffee and making stuff up. I plan to publish a new short story this month (More on that later). I will make stuff with my hands, read more books, view art, photography, write more adventures, dream of sexy nuns smoking cigars, listen to lots of classic LPs, and live.
I have Falling in Love with my wife again on the calendar for this week. So I got that going for me.
--Happy marriages are mostly screaming "What!" from the other room. Enjoy it when it happens!