I've had a rough day. I'm working on a freelance motion graphics project and I'm getting a 'glitch'. The glitch is a white rectangle that appears across the bottom of a frame, and I don't know how to get rid of it. Frustration We've all been there. Where you're working on something, and there's a … Continue reading Plan G
I recently finished reading 'Do The Work' by Steven Pressfield. The book is, in a nutshell, encouragement to see your way through a project. To take on an enterprise and see it through to the bitter end. Pressfield uses the example of a novel because he's an author, but it could apply to any kind … Continue reading “Do The Work”
When I write, I usually have a good time with it. My keyboard goes klickety-klack and the words come out ok. Usually. But not all the time. Sometimes the words don't come at all and I get 'knotted up.' I'm worked up so tight that there's no other way out than to let it go. … Continue reading Little Gifts
I recently finished reading Stephen King's book 'On Writing'. It's an amazing book, I recommend it highly. In the book, Mr. King reiterates frequently the importance of telling the story. The importance of the story itself. The problem I have right now with some of my short stories is that I can't seem to find … Continue reading Where’s The Story
Which is more important, blogging or writing?
What I learned from a day trip to visit Cleveland.
I wrote this back in January when I was just beginning to create a ‘writing rhythm’ for myself. I’m now up to 1,000 words as my daily quota. Maybe in the next three months, it will be even higher.
‘A writer writes, always.’
I remember that line from the movie ‘Throw Momma From the Train’. The main character, played by Billy Crystal, is a struggling writer who teaches a creative writing class on the side. The above line was the mantra of his writing class, and has become my mantra as well. Whenever I think ‘What am I supposed to do today?’ the thought always comes back to ‘A writer writes, always.’
But when I tried to sit down and work without a guideline of what is ‘always’, it was never enough. I would work and work until I couldn’t give anymore and then I would leave the work untouched for days at a time. Almost in childish defiance. As if the work had taken so much out of me, I refused to give it any more of myself.
So, in order to keep working without the…
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