Morning Pages – May 12, 2014

It’s time to get things moving again. End of last week, bogged down a bit with going to the boat, and getting distracted with the Ray Bradbury ideas. Yes, I do think it is a good idea to write more. And yes, an additional short story a week would be good. Something that could translate into a bigger novel, when it got to enough words. A short story every week, would retain focus on your writers name, and give people plenty of books to comment on. Plus, it would keep the Amazon marketing machine that gives a boost to new books a chance to keep you in the spotlight. So, yes, I do believe there is importance in writing prolificially. There is something inside of me, that does have a desire to write and write and write. I don’t think, it’s really had a voice to get out yet. Probably the week I cranked out 25K words was the closest I came, but still, even then it was more about proving that I could just hit the numbers. Going forward, I think I need to come up with more of those internal little inspirations, to keep the stories going. You have things to say, you have ideas in your head, about how things work, or how you think things work, or about fears you want to express, or about just whatever you feel like. What you need, is to get those ideas out. I need to feed a good stream of reading material, that is interesting in terms of life and the world around us. A reading source, that has psychology, and science, and nature, and medicine, and disease, and all kinds of factual things about the world around us, and how humans interact into that world. The kind of stuff that you can use as fodder to twist and turn into stories, or elements of stories. Fact based information. Real life stuff. Sometimes it could be stuff that is immediately needed in your stories, but a lot of the time, I think it should just be interesting stuff and research about the world and animals and people and discoveries and history that could fill in the gaps of things happening in your stories. You should use your intellect for more then just becoming a better writer, but for learning more about the world and those that inhabit it. That’s the kind of stuff you can use in your stories. That’s what could set your stories apart. People can actually learn things from your stories. I do like that. You can learn things as well. So, get back on track to the point, where you just write and write. Where writing is a form of therapy, and you need to do it everyday, kind of like these journals. I couldn’t imagine, not sitting down and writing in the journals. It’s just a part of my everyday, to record what’s going on in my head. Your writing for public consumption needs to be the same. You need for it to become a need for you . . . like breathing. That’s what I’m looking for here. To just publish and publish and publish. You have a voice inside of you with plenty of ideas you just want to put out into the world, and the world needs to hear it. At least, I need the world to hear it. So, start writing and reading and editing more. Start writing, so that you don’t need so much editing as well. I was reading through the first few chapters of my novel, and found it a bit choppy. Maybe it was just the mood I was in, but I do need to have a bit more flow in the writing. Don’t edit everything down to the bare essentials. You also need to mix up the sentence length a bit more I think. Right now, they all felt short and choppy. Try and mix long and short sentences. Which is what I would normally do, naturally. I think during the editing, I went overboard, with cutting back on the wordiness. Sometimes, you want to be wordy, and sometimes you don’t. It’s the variety that really makes a difference. So, get out there, read . . . write . . . edit. Do the work, and let the work consume you. Then the rest of what you need from it will flow from there. And, get your butt in gear. Remember, you have a deadline with an editor to meet.

TIGERBLOOD: yep DAILYMOOD: busy LOCATION: home office WORDSWRITTEN: none PUSHUPS: none TODO: write, edit, read TV: That 70s Show BOOK: none GAME: none EXERCISE: none WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: salad, chicken, brocolli DINNER: steak, salad SNACKS: orange, grapes, apple, 4 lara bars ALCOHOL: 1 glass wine BEDTIME: 11:30 AWAKE: 6:45

 

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