Saturday, December 6, 2008

writing and false dichotomies

What is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about what you feel, taste, smell, or see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain. -- Morpheus

"In the mind of a novelist, nothing short of writing novels constitutes writing. When you began lifting weights you used to worry about prosaic things, like do I count the bar? As if circular shaped objects (plates) were somehow more worthy of measurement then long cylindrical ones (barbels). How foolish you were.

There are planners and discover as you go writers. Some say one is organic and the other mechanical. Some people like their pets just as much as they like their iPhones, now is as good a time as any to rearrange your prejudices. Or you could embrace all options, why play favourites?

Ever write a comic before? How bout a screenplay? The final product of these is different from a novel and perhaps for that reason it is acceptable to employ a process which doesn't conform to making it all up in order as you go along. An outline is nothing but a high level (in the OOP sense) version of a first draft. Write a plan or don't. Never think more than a word ahead, it's all up to you. There is no violation of purity in doing any of these. Ideas squiggled on paper is writing, blogging is writing, writing is writing. The bar counts, it all counts, but only if you do something. Now hop to it."

"Yes sir, Muse sir."

next: to be continued or not to be continued the continuity question.

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