Breaks Are Dangerous

Posted on May 14, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, Opinions, Resistance, Staying-With-It, writing, Writing-Exercises, Writing-Tools | Tags: , , , , |

Breaks are dangerous. The inevitable emergency or demanding situation calls, and your writing efforts cease. One day turns into two, and two turns into three.

Adapting an old saying, supposedly a Chinese saying about drinking alcohol, to writing “breaks”:

  • Writer takes a day off.
  • Day off takes a day off.
  • Day off takes a writer.
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Steam of Consciousness (and Personal Vaporware)

Posted on April 7, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, writing | Tags: , , , , , , |

Looking back at a few exercises, I wrote the “misspelling” of “stream of consciousness” as “steam of consciousness.” At first, I immediately corrected it. After all, we have to “get it right,” don’t we?

But, then I realized that maybe what I write is better characterized as “steam of consciousness.” That’s really true if I am mad about something, but I also see it as the vapors coming off a lake on some cold morning early before the sun has fully risen. With my consciousness not fully intact, or arguably simply at a different level, the words seem to lift away like the steam wafting upwards away from the lake to a home in the clouds.

That’s it. The lake of my unprocessed thoughts and emotions sputters out words and sentences and sometimes more through the morning resistance as I ponder what I should be doing that day and what I might actually accomplish. Invariably my ambition outstrips my capacity. So the steam of ideas comes forth like so much personal vaporware, drafting plans that are bold in concept but sometimes not so much more than that.

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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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