Absence.

July 18, 2007

Okay, I’ve been away from the keyboard, away from the pen. I think it’s best left at that. I’ve made a few posts over at my lj, but I just haven’t really felt capable of getting a hold on my creativity. I’ve played a lot of guitar, I’ve considered all sorts of things out in the world.

I guess the one thing that I haven’t been able to do is consider myself, or those I love.

Keep writing. Don’t let anything slow you down, not even the writing itself.

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Mundanity

July 12, 2007

I know this is going to go way, way out in to meta writing land, but here it goes!

I sometimes have a hard time moving thoughts from my head to the keyboard. I’m not sure if it is a hardcore case of adult ADD or if it is an underlying perfectionism (I find myself stopping mid-type to address one fault or another). I am sure, however, that it is a major slow-down in the process of mental purging. Read the rest of this entry »


Illness and the creative process.

July 9, 2007

For the past day and a half, I have been suffering from something just short of a migraine. I don’t know if it is some illness or if it is just a terrible case of allergies, but it has done one thing: deter any creative ability. Read the rest of this entry »


Venue.

July 7, 2007

This is a video of a pianist tickling the ivories to the tune of the video game, Ocarina of Time. The reason I blog this video here rather than my personal blog is simple: the ever-changing venue of writing and the effects of time on said venue. Read the rest of this entry »


Reading, in order to write.

July 5, 2007

I’ve recently gone back and started reading (and in many cases, re-reading) classics that I’ve either overlooked or just sped through. I’m currently working on Moby Dick. I’m finding that, having done a bit of research -not to mention, finding a decent edition- that this is quite possibly one of the most humorous books I’ve ever laid eyes on. While I do realize that Melville wrote for a mid-nineteenth century popular audience, much of the humor -and the language of the humor- tickles me in a way that many contemporary authors would be envious of. Read the rest of this entry »


Turn-key writing.

July 3, 2007

I’m sure this is nothing new to anyone reading this, but I have been considering, as part of my General Idea phase, to create a stack of Characters, Motives and Worlds (and will be adding to that list) from which I may create full-fledged ideas. You’ve already seen part of this at work in the last post, Getting Started.

I’m taking ideas that I’ve seen applied in the Dungeons and Dragons Player’s Handbook and the E Myth Series by Michael E. Gerber. Turn-key writing. I suppose, in a manner of speaking, this is much along the lines of the methods used by so-called ‘serial authors’ though I think I’m leaning a different way. As we understand the concept of serial author, there is a very limited well from which they pull ideas. What I am doing is, like the PHB, setting out to make a system by which I can create a story; a framework, really.

Using this framework, I hope to be able to generate stories. I realize that this is a fledgling setup I’ve constructed for myself, but I do think it will be worthwhile, possibly overcoming the General Idea speedbump, moving me toward the Research! If I can pull that off, I’d make the stress of writing decrease phenomenally.

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Getting Started

July 2, 2007

Well, I said before that I was going to use this to show you all my writing, or at least my method. What I am attempting to use now is a modified version of an organization set that I used back in college for research work. I may write up a fairly detailed overview of that system another day, but for now, we’ll just settle for the quick and dirty. Read the rest of this entry »


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