November 27, 2010 Giving up at 26K Words

Posted on November 27, 2010. Filed under: Staying-With-It, writing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

For this year, I’ll only make 26K words (or maybe a little more by the 30th) for Nano.  However, I am about midway through a novel with no writer’s block; just don’t have time to work on it.  My plan is to continue work in December, and wrap up a Nano style first draft in January.  Not sure, but maybe this work can be re-written and “tuned” into a potentially publishable work.

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D-Factor and Story Ideas

Posted on September 27, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

You have heard me write about d-factor before, and I will probably write about it again.  I discovered it when trying to quit smoking.  I do not know how it works, but I know it is “real” though intangible.

D-Factor, or “disruption factor,” shows up whenever I am trying to make a favorable change (I first recognized it years ago when I quit smoking) or am taking on an important new project.  Lately, I have been making a number of important changes, so it has been showing itself at a record rate.

The idea occurred to me that D-Factor could serve as a source of both story ideas and snippets to use in a story.  So, I think I will attempt to find some way to capture them (I say “attempt” because capturing D-Factor would be an important major project and, therefore, D-Factor would attack that).

So, I do not know where this will go, but I think I will give it a shot.

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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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