Monday, August 11, 2014

August 11, 2014
The most difficult part about writing a project like this book is when you have a full time gig that takes up 40 plus hours per week. Add in commute time, sleep time and that leaves precious little time for writing.

For me that is exaggerated by also being a power lifter who is unwilling to give up being in shape and the fact that I write three articles a week covering sports. Suddenly there is hardly any time left.

Because of this, my time has to really be used wisely. Today I wrote during the first part of my lunch...w as able to get 1000 words to the story. I also decided I need to take my notepad everywhere. There are ideas I have not yet incorporated that I can plug in later, and new ideas are always popping up... being able to jot them down is important.

I have also found that this stream of consciousness stuff can be a big time blessing in disguise. Yes. You are going to bare YOUR soul a little. But when you can train yourself to write AS THE CHARACTER, then you are going to see some amazing things come out.

Don't worry about grammar or punctuation; syntax or tense, simply let your fingers pound out some words and then you can go back through it to see if it makes any sense. And, guess what? It probably will, and you will think it is some of the best stuff you have ever written.

Writing is art. To think that we can plan every facet of it, takes away the art. If I wanted to write formulaic books, I could. But that is just paint by numbers. I don't want to be that guy. I cannot paint a picture with oil, but I think I can do so with words.


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