Archive for April, 2009

Swine Flu and Flash Projects

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

Lifehacker Link: Google Maps Mashup on Swine Flu

Swine flu is the hot topic now, and I’ll bet that a novel or two, and maybe even “Made for TV” movie, is in development by somebody somewhere.

Myself, I am a slowpoke when it comes to writing.  But, I think something that I would call “flash production” happens: projects that are produced and published within a few weeks, or maybe even days, after some topic captures the fancy of the public.

Myself, I would have to use something like this as a “flavoring” to an ongoing project.  But, my curiosity is piqued by these “flash projects.”  How are such projects brought to market so quickly?  (Words = 106)

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BOTD: Journeys, destinations and having enough balls to stay the course

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: Staying-With-It | Tags: , , , , , , |

Out blog of the day, today, is “Journeys, destinations and having enough balls to stay the course”  From that blog: “The path I’m on as an independent writer is longer and, for now, lonelier and poorer.  It’s non traditional.  But I’m happy.  I love my life, especially my lifestyle.  It’s nice outside.  I think I’ll go do something. I don’t have a boss to ask or 5 o’clock to wait for.  Still, I question what I do almost every day — not because I’m unsure if it’s what I want to do, but because I’m unsure if I’m going about it the right way.”

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Writing and GTD

Posted on April 26, 2009. Filed under: writing, Writing-Tools | Tags: , , , , |

Many writers and aspiring writers follow a system developed by David Allen and called “Getting Things Done.”  Popularly, this system is abbreviated to “GTD.”

If you have heard of it and are using it, then I am preaching to the choir.  If you have heard of it and discarded it, then I would like to know why.  The most persuasive argument I can find against GTD is that some things are “just too big” and require project management methodology (such as that described in the PMBOK).  But, <grin> even then you could use the concept from GTD of “delegation.”

Said differently, I think you can use GTD, and then have a “wrapper” around it of project management methodology and delegation for “things” that are too big.  And, I find that I must carefully monitor for “project overload.”

Most writers find GTD to be helpful, and I have my own personal variant which I constantly tune.  I also go back to the Mothership to see if some concept that was not useful before has suddenly become useful.  (That probably means I grew into it.)  (185 words per Pages)

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Disruption: The D-Factor

Posted on April 25, 2009. Filed under: Panic, Staying-With-It, writing | Tags: , , , , , , |

This morning has been very weird.  Everything has halts and errors.  Doing something very numerically intensive this morning.  Somehow opened files in a backup directory and data was “missing.”  Did my stuff only to find out these were backup files.  Had to merge with regular files.  Problems all morning.

All these disruptions made a process that normally takes about 45 minutes take over two hours and twenty minutes.  I have watched this for many years; I call it the “D-Factor.”

By definition, the D-Factor is any kind of disruption that provides no benefit but steals from beneficial (especially) creative processes, such as writing.  I had more to say this morning, here, but the crap (errors and delays and re-do’s) killed the time needed for creative process.  Many, many 😦

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WOTD Making Writing a Priority

Posted on April 24, 2009. Filed under: Staying-With-It, Writer-Tools, writing | Tags: , , , , |

Today we examine a website (rather than a blog). Actually, we are focused on a single topic: “make writing a priority.”

First of all, we consider Sandra Miller again. She focuses on schedules and scheduling.

Shane Werlinger at Suite 101 adds the idea of writing goals.

I think that these are the beginning. Depending on how much of a nerd you are, you could also become as sophisticated as a project manager, or you could be as simple as giving yourself a gold star. (Don’t laugh; sometimes that kind of thing works!)

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BOTD: Sandra Miller’s Tips on Character Development

Posted on April 23, 2009. Filed under: Writer-Tools, writing | Tags: , , , , |

BOTD (Blog of the Day) is Sandra Miller’s tips on character development.  From that site:

Remember when you are doing character development work that although your main concern is the parts of that character that are relevant to the story, that isn’t your only concern.  Anything about your character is worth writing down, and you never can tell when the oddest detail from your character sketch will actually show up in the story.

Sandra also provides Character Development Exercises and a Character Development Template.

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BOTD: Sandra Miller’s Tips on Character Development

Posted on April 23, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

BOTD (Blog of the Day) is Sandra Miller’s tips on character development.  From that site:

Remember when you are doing character development work that although your main concern is the parts of that character that are relevant to the story, that isn’t your only concern.  Anything about your character is worth writing down, and you never can tell when the oddest detail from your character sketch will actually show up in the story.

Sandra also provides Character Development Exercises and a Character Development Template.

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Real Life Material

Posted on April 22, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Real life really does give us the best material. Scammers and slezeballs are just that, but if you can write down their every nuance, facial expressions, words spoken, words not spoken, and whatever else strikes your fancy, then sometimes you can get excellent material for a story.

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Awful Bloggers who Write about Writing but do not Write Otherwise

Posted on April 21, 2009. Filed under: Staying-With-It, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Yep. I give up. I think I will join the ranks. You know what I am talking about: bloggers who yammer on and on about writing without writing anything other than their blogs. I do not know if the muses have abandoned me or if I just do not have the time or energy. But, maybe I can put something here with the idea that I will develop “real” writing elsewhere.

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Do Not Think I Can Do It in Ten Days

Posted on April 19, 2009. Filed under: ScriptFrenzy, Staying-With-It, writing, Writing-Partners | Tags: , , , , , |

i do not think I can crank out a script in ten (10) days for Script Frenzy.  Actually, if I were writing Novel / Short Story I bet I could do it.  But, script writing is totally new to me.

Maybe I found an idea hidden in this.  I wonder if I could do one week, or ten day, marathons.  Bang out a hundred pages in, say, ten days; rest; do it again and again until a novel (or script) emerges.  Hmm.

I am writing this because my writing buddy is “keeping me honest.”  Accountability helps, even if it is just the tiny spark of a blog entry.

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