What Would You Do With 47% Extra Time?

A study, led by Harvard, claims that an average ‘knowledge’ worker works in a state of distraction for 47% of their time. Flip this around. By being more focused they could accomplish the same amount of work in half the time. Or potentially double their output. Just because we are ‘creatives’ it doesn’t mean weContinue reading “What Would You Do With 47% Extra Time?”

Three Wishes When You Are Stuck In The Middle.

Via Seth Godin. We all get stuck. And it’s not always in mud with some friends to get us out, as in the playground game. Normally, when we are in a creative ‘stuck’ there aren’t other people to ‘free’ us. If you have a group of other creatives around you who can do this, thenContinue reading “Three Wishes When You Are Stuck In The Middle.”

Embracing the Void.

This is another post from the Archive. I’ve hit a point in my current working project where I’ve had to take stock of what is there and what isn’t there in the story so far. This post came to mind as a guide for me as I am reviewing the almost 80,000 words I’ve alreadyContinue reading “Embracing the Void.”

To Know Your Story or To Not Know Your Story – That Is My Question?

Usually I would advise you to read this article before you continue with my thoughts, but not today. There is enough in Ken Miyamoto’s excellent article to keep you going for days! I’ve been researching movie/play scripts for a little while now. There are many ways in which novels and movies differ, but what IContinue reading “To Know Your Story or To Not Know Your Story – That Is My Question?”

Improving Your Character(s)!

It is difficult in these days of movies and tv series not to associate actors with the fictional people they portray. Or is it the other way around? An honest actor will tell you that if the writing is good then they just say the lines. Which is them being very generous. Their art isContinue reading “Improving Your Character(s)!”

It is okay not to finish (at the moment).

I am sure I’m not alone in this. Sometimes you just can’t finish a project. You hit a wall. You lose the thread. A character doesn’t follow the plot line you have carefully constructed for them. I’m sure it happens to artists and musicians also. As a writer you normally do two things. First, youContinue reading “It is okay not to finish (at the moment).”

Day 467 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.2.

So yesterday I suggested that relatives could take inspiration/lessons from sports and hopefully I will convince you today. Bill Belichick is the most successful NFL coach ever because: He stays focused on the overall goal and works hard to achieve it He never goes through the motions and always trains with purpose He makes sureContinue reading “Day 467 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.2.”

Day 463 – Sunday Reflection.

I’ve been busy revamping my study. Basically, I’ve got rid of more stuff I had forgotten I even had, or had kept because it might be useful at some point. I decided that some point had been reached and that the stuff wasn’t useful after all. A family desk taken by my eldest son, freedContinue reading “Day 463 – Sunday Reflection.”

Day 438 – To TV or Not To TV, That Is The Question.

One piece of writing advice is to destroy your tv. You’re a writer of books, so read ’em and write ’em. TV was invented to distract you and allow advertising to sell you stuff. So that should be enough for why not to TV. So Why to TV? Plot and Characters in a story arc.Continue reading “Day 438 – To TV or Not To TV, That Is The Question.”