Thursday, September 24, 2009

Procrastination Guidelines for Writers

Anyone who has ever set out to write something of merit understands that distractions are the bane of writing. To that end, a writer must understand the pitfalls of starting a project. To avoid the quicksand of a wandering mind, the following rules have been formulated. They have been written in order but feel free to experiment.

1. Get comfortable before beginning your project. Get whatever you need that will help you sit for hours so you won’t have an excuse to get up and search for whatever it is. Food, drinks, candy, coffee, cigarettes, whatever.
2. Play a computer game to get the feel of the computer.
3. When using a word processor, spend time at the beginning of your project learning about style sheets. This will occupy you for hours and most likely you still won’t understand everything you need to know.
4. Buy a manual for the word processor and wait for it to arrive before writing. You need to understand style sheets.
5. Research for project. Surf the internet and/or read a book.
6. Create style sheets, decide on which font to use and size (Times, 12 pt. is suggested.), double space lines, indent paragraphs, margin sizes, header and footer and enter info into style sheets. Feel good about your progress.
7. Take a break.
8. Remember at least one story idea and write it down before actually working on your project.
9. You may need music or radio in the background. Experiment with different music genres and radio talk shows. You’ll think you work better, and that’s what it’s all about.
10. Look for your outline. If you can’t find it or don’t have one, stare at the blinking cursor on your monitor.

Do not forget you have a telephone nearby. Feel free to call friends and family, not necessarily to talk about your project, but to loosen up the mind for writing. It is not recommended to watch television while trying to write but if something good is on, go ahead and tune in. You may see something you can write into your story. If it helps, call it research.

Fruitful procrastination is, of course, an art form. If you find yourself bored during procrastination, rest assured you’re doing it wrong. Meaningful procrastination takes time. Practice your craft. When you can devout a full day to preparing to write, you’re almost ready.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Myth-Perceptions of the Apocalypse

Four Myth-Perceptions of the Apocalypse [Taken fm Bruce Lipton]

* The world or universe is Newtonian in nature-- based on physical matter, and materialistic values. This is being disproved by quantum physics, which shows that an invisible realm is involved in shaping matter, and points to the connection between science and spirituality.
* We're a victim of our genes. We're not a victim of heredity, but can actively participate in the health of our cells/genes through our perceptions and thoughts, and breaking free from subconscious programming.
* The world is based on competition. This kind of Darwinian thinking keeps us armed, guarded and stressed. Evolution actually favors community and cooperation.
* Random evolution occurred. Organisms were designed to bring harmony to the environment; they are adaptive, not random.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Good Writing

Good writing doesn’t always sell, but it certainly prevails over bad writing. So then, what is the difference between good and bad writing? That’s easy to answer. Good writing delivers a message clearly and succinctly, and sometimes even in a thought-provoking, meaningful manner. Bad writing muddies the waters of comprehension and delivers a message that cannot be readily grasped.

There are rules for writing that will allow you to have a command over language. Using the rules correctly, you will have the power of written persuasion at your fingertips. You will be able to summon forth an ability to communicate like none other. You will be able to analyze problems, find solutions, win arguments, and gain recognition. Just follow the rules. We who ply the trade of writing call these rules grammar. Good grammar is following the rules. Bad grammar is not following the rules. Remember, if your reader can’t understand what you’re trying to say, you have failed.

Are there shortcuts to good grammar? Sure, it’s called reading. All successful writers have a superior sense of good grammar and I guarantee none of them developed their craft by watching television. They read before ever attempting a paragraph. They read everything, especially those subjects that interest them.

People often come to me with an idea for a story. Additionally, it’s always an undeveloped idea. Then they suggest I “flesh it out” and “put it into words”. Magnanimously, they add, “When it makes a million, you can split the proceeds with me.” My reply is that a story idea is nothing without someone to write it. It’s their idea they insist. Try copyrighting an idea I suggest.

Good writing is not only worthwhile, it is worth dollars and worthy of reward. Good writing is recognizable as such, as is bad writing. Good writers practice their vocation. Bad writers posture, speculate, and probably watch too much television.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Japanese First Lady Claims Alien Abduction

The title does not say it all. To read the article, go here. She really sounds like she's a lot of fun.