Well, here’s another interim blog post. Part Two of the writing setting posts will be here on November 11.
In the meantime, two quick notes:
Dean Wesley Smith, in the Topic of the Night in his Blog Post From Yesterday, which I finally found early this morning, wrote an excellent, brief article about making choices.
In addition to talking about making choices, he provides a technique that really works to help you find “extra” time in your schedule. I’ve taught some of my writing students the same technique. He says to do it for four days. I recommend a week, or at least that you include a weekend. During the extra time you find, you can choose to do one thing or another.
One of the choices most long-term professional writers make is to follow Heinlein’s Rules. Here’s a Free, Annotated Copy if you want it, in PDF. When the window opens, click File > Save Page As (or Save As) and save it to your desktop.
I’ve been an adherent of the Rules for about a year and a half. Recently, I fell off. I allowed myself to be sidetracked helping folks move websites and used that as an excuse to not write.
Ugh. Seriously. Even after writing over three-quarters of a million published words of fiction in the 365 days that began on October 19 2014, I recently allowed my critical mind and fear to creep in and stop me from writing. So I’m just saying, I hope all of you are on Heinlein’s Rules, but just know that you have to always guard against the old myths of writing creeping back in, and the fear of rejection.
Anyway, back to it today, right after I post this. I have several story openings to choose from and a new short story due on Monday.
So that’s my motivational writer pitch for the day. (grin)
Now to matters just a bit more serious, tomorrow is the 240th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. As I try to do each year, I offer this toast to my fellow Marines:
May your days be vibrant,
your evenings calm,
your heart safe and warm at home.
And here’s the current Marine Corps Commandant’s Message just in case you’re interested. Enjoy.
‘Til day after tomorrow, happy writing.