IWSG JAN 2016 Writing: Do You Have Bad or Enabling Habits?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2016!
Finn: “What about that ship?”
(Pointing off screen]
Rey: “That one’s garbage”
[ship blows up]
Finn: “The garbage will do”
[shows Millennium Falcon]
Han Solo: “Escape now, hug later.” ~SWTFA
On a personal note first, I mentioned last IWSG that I had received tickets for Star Wars The Force Awakens VII premiere for my birthday. It was AWEsome. The fans were dressed up and wandering around in costume. The costume were movie set real looking too, even R2D2 was there–He was taller than I thought. The first Star Wars in 3D. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Has Story Craft my first reaction
I plan to buy the kindle book . Since I already saw the movie (twice) I cannot be disappointed by movie either, but I guess I could be disappointed by the book, lol. Definitely not disappointed by the movie, can’t wait till I can own it at home and re-watch till my hearts content.
I received another Star Wars surprise for Christmas for my collection “This is the droid you are looking for.” @@shock *grin*
star wars is timeless story craft in action: THE MYTHOLOGY OF STAR WARS
Interview made in 1999 Bill Moyers discusses with George Lucas how Joseph Campbell and his concept of the Monomyth also known as the Hero’s Journey and other concepts from Mythology and Religion shaped the Star Wars saga ~YouTube
Writing Fears? What about bad and/or enabling habits?
Distraction=Procrastination. Both can mirror the other depending on the circumstances. Sounds rather co-dependent, don’t it? I’m an expert at doodling away time. Taking a positive habit and turning it into a negative habit by taking it to the extreme in self-defeating behavior. My writing mentor Holly Lisle would probably say to dig deeper to figure out the motivating fear that drives me in this self-defeating cycle.
Here are just a few things I can turn into a negative to distract me from actually writing.
- Google Searches e.g. Casting characters
- Research, sketching, mind-mapping
- Reading fiction or watching movies (For study purposes of course*winks*)
- Organizing OneNote, Scrivener or Word (non-writing things too)
- Making lists
- Social Media
- Website tweaking and maintenance
- Playing with Pixir, Gimp or Photoshop
- YouTube from things about writing , how-to’s, software & tech, music to funny cat videos
- Udemy courses.
- Learning, reading, webinars: Marketing, Promotion and Email List-Your Readers (My concentration should be on finishing my novel projects and short stories, instead of spending so much time on something I am not ready for yet anyways, except gathering readers & email lists.)
- Astrology for character building, Mythology and Psychology related stuff (Especially anything about Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey. I’m addicted.
- Learning all the methods such as Beat Sheets, Check Lists, Method –Outlines, and there are a lot of variations out there and I love reading about them. Christopher Vogler’s Mythic Structure, Save The Cat by Blake Snyder , Writing By The Seat Of Your Pants by Elle Clouse, Story Heart Blueprint by David Villalva, and Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing: Revised Edition by Libby Hawker are a few of my favorites. @@ see what I mean
- Playing with my BB8, games and Oh, Oh… Big One… Everything Amazon. (Including keyword searches, which I am not ready for yet, so minimal & selective time should be spent doing it.)
In a nutshell, using everything about writing from marketing strategy’s, mechanics to plotting not to write the actual story and finish it. I allow all the “other” to distract me, and as a procrastination tool. It all needs to be done, but in its time and place.
I try to do too much, accomplish too many things, so I end up finishing nothing and accomplishing little. I need to learn Diligent FOCUS one thing at time. I have persistence and tenacity. I just need to learn to productively use them better.
Solutions-Helps: I’m working on mine. Here are some things that help, but my biggest obstacle still is consistency in the middle of chaos.
- Moderation: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity.under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 A bible verse yes, but ageless wisdom. Most thing work best in moderation, which leads to the next bullet.
- Time Management-allot portions of day to certain task and set a quitting time and leave the rest for tomorrow, so you and your Muse gets a break. Oh, I’ve read leave off in the middle of a scene. It helps you start up again the next day.
- Set Schedule for writing story only, nothing else (e.g. mind-mapping, world building) Make an appointment with yourself each day. Keep it without fail. Write on your calendar or program into you scheduler on cell phone. Google calendar will send you reminders in your gmail.
- Timed Writings or a writing software that helps block out distractions such as: Dr. Wicked’s Do or Die Write!-I love the crazy alerts and alarms on this thing, OMM Writer, Scrivener Full View work area with chosen background, for just a few. I also use Word with pics of my character cast or setting in body, as I write for inspiration.
- Write in 10 mins spurts, even if it is only 10-20 mins a day, at least you are working toward building a positive writing habit. 21 straight days of anything they say builds a habit. The more consecutive days the stronger the habit.
WHAT ARE YOUR SELF-DEFEATING BEHAVIORS?
WRITING ARTICLES & RESOURCES
-You can also check my top menu under For Writer’s for more articles, books, gadgets and software. I update the articles at least once a month, or more, when I read something really good.
Coincidences in Fiction: What You’re Doing Wrong K M Weiland HelpingAuthorsBecomeWriters This touches on cause & effect in writing. It also gives you links to other helpful post about writing.
Getting Scene Structure under Your Belt on Live Write Thrive There is even a little assignment for improving your skill.
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