Wasteland Wednesday #3

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skull and crossbones.jpgskull and crossbonesUnlike QE’s normal informational blog, Wasteland Wednesday is potentially full of foul language and post-apocalyptic nonsense.  I’m talking f-bombs, thrice-bosomed mutant women, and buckets of gore.

Wasteland Wednesday

Welcome to the third edition of Wasteland Wednesday!  Today I’m going to introduce you to an important and deadly lady.  Instead of applying epic creativity, I’m going to share my unedited original character concept with you.  Plus a couple author notes about the character from me at the end.

Full Name:  Alexandria [Last name unknown]

Nickname: Lex

Age: 30

Bio: Lex has only known the world as a wasteland.  She was born on the day the bombs decimated the United States.  Drake and her paths converged five years after the destruction.  Drake’s original party found Lex scavenging on the outskirts of Columbus.  She was dirty, alone, and starving.  Lex was also bordering on feral.

At this point in time, Drake’s group was starting to transition from deadly survivors into a disorganized band of raiders and slavers.  When a raiding group discovered Lex she was captured and brought back to central Columbus.

Conflict 101: Man vs ManThe general census was this young girl would be used by the group for morale (raped) and then traded to one of bands of slavers taking hold of the area.  When Drake saw the girl she reminding him of his dead son Jonathon who was roughly the same age as her when he was turned into radioactive dust.  This, combined with his depression and overall disillusionment with the group, caused Drake to attempt to free the girl and allow her to escape.

All of these events culminated with Drake getting blasted in the head.  In the confusion he generated, Lex did manage to escape.  Drakes presumably dead body was stripped of everything and left to rot.  Once they finished stripping Drake’s body and left the area, Lex returned to Drake.  He was still alive, but practically a vegetable.

Lex stayed with Drake bringing back whatever food and water she could find.  She also cauterized the holes in his head.  It took a while, but eventually Drake’s body recovered.  His mind never would.

Despite this, Lex knows that under the madness and insanity is a decent man.  Lex has stayed with Drake, often in the shadows, no matter how many half-hearted attempts Drake has made to rid himself of her.  They have traveled together for twenty-five years now.

Abilities:  Lex is perhaps more deadly than Drake.  Put another way, she is deadlier in different ways.  She thrives in the shadows and plays in the chaos Drake seems to endlessly generate. Drake has noticed that as she has matured her gun sounds before his sometimes, and that means she is perhaps faster.

While Drake is a master of chaos driven insanity and confusion, Lex prefers subtlety.  This natural inclination to shadow was fostered through her formative years with Drake.  Drake often told her to go and hide when trouble came, which eventually morphed into killing people from those hiding spots.

subliminalPersonality: Lex has an extreme aversion to being touched.  Especially being touched by men. For every settlement Drake has been chased out of for killing people, Lex has gotten them banished out of another for killing men who attempted to touch her.  Sexually, she will only pay for the companionship of females.  She only chooses to sleep with prostitutes because it ensures there will be no real emotional connection, just the promise of a needed release.

Many of Drake’s personality traits have been inherited by Lex.  With that being said, she is far more calculated with what she says and tends to think things through instead of speaking and acting on impulse.  Much like Drake, she has a soft spot for children.  Also like Drake, she has no problem killing someone if they say the wrong thing to her.  She’ll just wait until they are sleeping to deliver the blow.

Motivation:  Most people’s motivations in the wasteland are centered around survival.  This is true for Lex as well.  However, Lex also realizes the power of a story and a name.  Drake’s legend, while based on truth, has been largely fabricated and exaggerated due Lex’s influence.  Part of the reason she pays for female prostitutes is because she knows they like to talk and spread gossip.

rifle breakdownEquipment:  Lex learned a lot from Drake during their travels.  She adopted his, “one mind, any weapon,” philosophy and is proficient with most killing implements.  Her tools of choice are stealth weapons.  Knives, bows, and other projectiles are her bread and butter.  She does carry a rifle and pistol, but she normally uses them as a last resort.

Author’s Note:  Lex was a late addition to my book and required some sweeping rewrites (which I always advise against doing in a first draft).  I felt my book was a bit of a sausage fest and lacked the value of a female perspective.  But beyond just injecting a female character into the story to have one, I wanted a strong character that would add a level complexity to the story.

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My concept work for Lex.  I digitally painted this in Photoshop using a photograph I took as a blueprint.  It’s rough, but I’m getting better (slowly).  This image is owned and created my me.  If you would like to use it contact me.

Lex also allowed me to reveal more of Drake’s personality and backstory.  What is also solid about her character is it enabled me to do this through dialogue and action, instead of info-dumping or weird internal dialogue mechanics.

I have grown fond of Lex because she is like Drake in many ways, but better than him in others.  I also like Lex’s character because she isn’t a victim.  She is a capable predator.  She doesn’t play the damsel and she doesn’t pretend to be in distress, she simply kicks ass and collects heads (mutant inbreeder heads).

Additionally, she makes Drake’s survival and legend in the wasteland a little more believable.  Especially in regards to it being coherent in the story world.  When I first wrote the story, I made the assumption his legend would spread by word-of-mouth.  But there were issues with that assumption.

Did a slaver go to random settlement and tell a story about the man who came back from the dead and starting killing them?  Why is a slaver in a settlement chilling out and not trying to enslave people?  A raider certainly wouldn’t be telling this story in a settlement, he/she would be killing people.  Is Drake the kind of character I want to portray as someone who would blather on about his own legend?  These were the issues I was dealing with in making the legend of Drake believable.

Lex allowed me to propagate Drake’s legend and backstory in a realistic way.  She also has the ability to be a stand-alone character with a powerful backstory.  The book could be rewritten from her point of view and likely be just as interesting.  For me, that’s a good thing.

That’s it for today’s wasteland news!  I hope you all stop by next Wednesday for more information about Wastelander: The Drake Legacy.  I’d love to know what you think about Lex’s character. (I’m sure Drake will be jealous she got a full-page character breakdown before him.)  Until then, keep hiding, keep hoarding, and as always – stay alive.

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The Right Writing Routine

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I generated this quote image (free to share).  E.B. White wrote Charlotte’s Web and co-wrote The Elements of Style, as well as other books too. 

 

I don’t usually preface a post with quote, but this one is appropriate today because we are talking about writing routines.  M.L.S. Weech, my spirit animal/writer/friend, recently wrote another stellar post about writing.  Specifically, he wrote about his routine.  A routine I’ve seen him practice ever since I’ve known him (many years).  The post is simply titled: My Routine: One Writer’s Habits.  If you don’t read the rest of my post and just read his, you’ll glean some great information.

I‘m cheating today because I’m going to steal a comment I wrote on his post and add it to this posting to explain one of my writing processes.  I’m also going to offer some articles I’ve bookmarked and reference when a writer contacts me and is having trouble with their process.  There are also a few books I found helpful (if you’ve spent any time on my blog you know how I love books on writing).

As writers, many of us thrive on a delicate homeostasis.  Put simply, most of us have our own processes that we refine over the course of our writing life.  However, balance is key.  What worked once doesn’t always work, and to maintain balance we continuously need to tweak conditions.

Dragonspeak.jpgWith that being said, in our craft, there is no way around the actual application.  We must find some way to transfer thoughts from our brain housing unit into another medium.  You can use Dragonspeak or some other transcription tool, but you must get the words down.

This is the method I currently use to hold myself accountable and reach my goals.  It’s successfully propelled me through one book, and I’m using the same technique to draft a novella.

Here is one of my methods.  When I sit down to write I look at the time and make an estimation. How much time can I realistically give to my project today? I look at my current word count, which is stuck to my monitor on a Post It note. I add 500, 1000, 1500, or whatever (depending on the amount of time I have) to the number and write that post it notes.jpgnumber on another Post It note. I then stick the new one next to the old one. That becomes my goal and reason for existing.


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hen it’s time to put my money where my words are.  I attempt to set myself up for success. I close out everything, put on some music, grab my writing hat, and get to it. I write, without fail, until I at least reach the new Post It note number. Even if what I’m writing makes my skin crawl (usually it’s not as bad as I think it is). If I exceed the number, I one line it at the end of the session and write the new number.  The old word count Post It note gets crumbled into a nice victory ball and chucked into the trashcan.

For me, the idea is every single time I sit down at my computer there is visual cue that says, “Hey Corey, I know you want to watch videos of cats playing keyboards, but you have this book to write. This is how far you are into it. What’s more important to you, cats playing keyboards or writing your book?” Sometimes the answer is cats playing keyboards. But the point is it makes me instantly aware of looming work. You can’t tuck it away and hide it when it’s staring you in the face.

That is my current process.  Like Matt mentioned in his post (assuming you read it) him and I hold each other accountable by “clocking in” and “clocking out” with each other via messenger.  It’s harder to shirk your writing duties when another motivated individual is clocking in every day and telling you about it.  It’s a constant reminder that there is someone out there who is hungry for success.  Are you hungry for it too?  I am.

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Here are the web resources I spoke about earlier in this post.

7 F***in’ Great Ways to Build Your Writing Routine, by Phile Jourdan.

The Daily Routines of 12 Famous Writers, by James Clear (This is the article where I first found the quote I offered at the beginning of this post.)

11 Successful Writers Share Their Writing Routines, from Product Hunt

Non-Fiction: Eating Your Greens

You Are What You Eat.jpgI refer to, “eating my greens,” often on here.  It occurred to me that I’ve never really dedicated a day to talking about what greens are, why I eat them, and why you should too.  I thought it might be smart to generate a post we can link back to in the future.  With that being said, grab some dental floss and let’s get munching!

I credit my longtime friend MLS Weech with coining the phrase, “Eating your greens.”  I did an internet search and couldn’t find another origin to cite.  So unless he comes up with something, we’ll say it started with him (congrats bud, your legacy grows!).  Greens are simply non-fiction books.  Desserts, on the other hand, are fiction books of the genre you enjoy.  I believe in a balanced diet, but mine tends to be heavier in greens.

My approach to understanding and teaching writing is the same approach I took when I was taught how to train people in the military.  When I was combat cameraman, one of my extra jobs was training my comrades how to shoot (firearms, not cameras) and operate tactically with small teams.  I didn’t just fall into the job, I had to be trained to do it.

My first instructor always would say, “One mind, any weapon.”  It was his standard response when someone would say, “I’m good with the pistol, I’m just not familiar with the rifle.”  It was a simple, but very intelligent idea.  Grasp the basics, and you can apply them to anything.

Training for Grammar War

What he was saying, in regards to weapons, was if you train yourself to understand the mechanics of handling a firearm, you can apply those fundamentals to most weapon systems.  In this way, if you would pick up a weapon you’ve never seen before, you would still be able to apply sound weapon handling skills (gripping the weapon, stance while firing, proper trigger pull, site alignment, etc.).

mushroom cloud.jpgFor me, eating my greens is how I ensure my weapon fundamentals are sound.  I’m not training myself, or anyone else, to go to war anymore.  I’m training to write and edit.  It’s a different kind of war.  In this war, the participants are their own nations.  They carry the weight of their own worlds on their shoulders.  Should they fail, they simply fade from existence.  For this reason, I train.  I don’t plan to sulk quietly into the night.  I plan to leave mushroom clouds and destruction behind me.  What’s your plan?

*Corey takes a cleansing breath*

All right, back to eating greens and shooting guns.  When I first began training to teach people how to shoot, I was terrible.  Not at shooting; I was a great shooter.  I grew up in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio on a 100+ acre farm and had been hunting deer, rabbit, and squirrel since I was a young boy.  Our freezer would be packed by the time winter would come (sorry vegans).

There was a problem though.  Explaining the process and demonstrating it were two very different things.  I needed more depth of knowledge and tools for instruction.

My instructor understood this and developed training.  He would stand on the firing line with his rifle while I observed safely to his side with a whistle in my mouth.  I would give him directions and he would purposefully make mistakes for me to correct.  After he finished firing and we cleared his weapon (took away all the dangerous things, like bullets) I would provide coaching tips.

Teaching Socrates.jpgTo each piece of instruction he would smile and say, “Why?”  It was super frustrating.  I knew what I was saying was right, I just wasn’t always sure why it was right.  That was a problem.

I had worked with people before who subscribed to the, “Just believe,” philosophy of training.  They would say something like, “Just press the believe button and accept this is how it is.”  I hated that.  There had to be logical explanations.  Not every person can press the believe button.  I didn’t want to teach like that.  Especially not something people needed to have unshakable faith in.  If you are going to war, you need to truly believe in the training you’ve been given.

rifle breakdownSo I studied.  A lot.  I spent hours and hours going through illustrated parts breakdowns of the weapon systems (which look like nuclear missile construction plans).  I found books from successful instructors.  I watched videos.  I spent hours on the range and dry firing (shooting without bullets).  I attended schools for instructors.  I walked around in my house and pretended to give instruction to nonexistent people.  I made it personal.  Slowly, I developed my own style of teaching and depth of knowledge.

It was successful.  Kyle (my instructor) had his method of instruction and I had my own.  Between the two of us, we were able to provide a more robust curriculum.  Everyone we trained came home from their deployments in one piece.  Never once did someone say to me, or in an after action report, that their combat tactics instruction was insufficient.

The stakes aren’t quite as high now.  Regardless, I still care about training.  The methods I obtained back then I apply here.  Most of my blog postings are attempts at turning a green I’ve read (or personal experience) into consumable and actionable pieces of advice.  I’m not going to tell you what is right or wrong; I’m just offering you an understanding of the weapons.

subliminalFor me, writing is a constant negotiation between the creative and analytical halves of my brain.  Both sides battle for control of the writing process.  Because I am naturally imaginative and creative (only child, imaginary friends, miles away from nearest neighbor) I have to reinforce the analytical side of my brain with greens.  It’s how I create balance.  If you are very analytical, you may need to eat more desserts (fiction).

This blog is how I feed the analytical side.  My creative side gets exercise when I write my own stories.  Much like when I was a weapons instructor, I try to feed all sides information without letting them kill each other.  I encourage you to also develop a, “one mind, any weapon,” mentality in your own writing path.

samurai swordTake the time to examine what makes writing resound with you.  Study the craft.  Strip it bare, expose the components, and use them to wage your own war.  Make it personal.  Fight your battles with the desperate insanity of the samurai.

“Do not rely on following the degree of understanding that you have discovered, but simply think, ‘This is not enough.’ One should search throughout his whole life how best to follow the Way. And he should study, setting his mind to work without putting things off. Within this is the Way” (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai).

That’s it for today.  More of a rant than anything, but hey, my brain is happy now.  Until tomorrow, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!

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The Originality of a Beginning

guide to literary agentsSome of us spend a countless amount of time thinking about those first few lines.  We are told over and over again, by countless sources, those first words are absolutely essential.  In the 2016 Guide to Literary Agents it is explained that, “Writing a compelling first page is very difficult.  It’s a balancing act of action, description, and dialogue, and somehow – no matter what it is you are writing about – you’ve got to make it interesting and employ a unique voice” (p. 42).

While the above example is talking about the first page, others talk about the first sentence or sentences.  This article, 7 Keys to Write the Perfect First Line of a Novel, written by Joe Bunting, offers a bunch of famous beginnings you can sort through.  You’ll see all the usual suspects – Melville, Dickens, Rowling, Tolkien, and a few unexpected ones.

Nice Intro.jpgWhat this article offers, and the book I listed above allude to, is the idea that you need to find a unique twist to somehow blow the readers mind to pieces.  The underlying concept is that you must be original.

I don’t know if I agree with this sentiment of originality.  Not entirely.

When I think of beginnings I think of one I say almost everyday to my son, “Once upon a time.”  When you hear those words, what do you think of?  I think of magic beans, talking animals, witches, heroes, and princesses.  For many of us, those stories are the first stories we ever hear.  They are the building blocks of our own lexicon of stories and mythology.  It is stamped into our brains.  Hardwired.  When we see that line, it opens a door.  A door encouraging us to believe in the unbelievable, to dream, to hope, and to imagine.

once upon a time.jpgIs it any surprise when George Lucas penned, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” it became such a classic line?  When you see that line (assuming you are familiar with Star Wars) you think of Jedi, lightsabers, The Force, and a host of other Star Wars related concepts.  But at the core of, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…,” is, “Once upon a time.”  His first line tapped into the power of those countless childhood stories, and he wielded it wisely.

For me, when I saw that line for the first time I was a just a kid.  My dad said, “You’ll love these movies Corey.”  I shoved the tape into a VCR, smashed the tracking button until the image was clear, and carefully read the scrolling prompt.  That first line hooked me.  It threw the door open to imagination.

This door became harder to open the older I got.

The door became harder to open because the more I learned about writing, the more rules were shoved down my throat.  Teachers, instructors, and experts, tell us, “No, no, no, not like that – like this!” or, “It’s a good first line, but it seems pretty similar to [insert story].”

portal.jpgIn the struggle for originality, many authors stray from one of the core concepts of storytelling.  This concept is that the line should work to transport someone into your world.  It’s a cue, overt or covert, that opens the forgotten door and encourages them to once again – believe in the unbelievable.  It doesn’t have to be some crazy twist of phrase.  It doesn’t have to be packed with hidden metaphors and symbolism.  It can be, but it doesn’t HAVE to be.

I would encourage you to look at children’s books for inspiration.  This article, 100 Best Opening Lines From Children’s Books, is a great compilation of those works.  Despite the primary audience of these books being children, the opening lines have great impact.

They have great impact because all of us were children at one point.  It is a universal concept uniting each and everyone one of us.  All of us, at some point in time, dared to believe in the unbelievable.  We didn’t care how crazy it seemed.

For me, I spent hours of my childhood trying to use The Force to move things around in my room.  I believed, beyond reason, if I just tried hard enough, it might just happen.  I could be a Jedi.  I just had to believe.

It never happened for me.  I never did move something with my mind.  And here I am now with a child of my own.  Despite my childhood being long gone, sometimes, when no one is looking, I still try to move things with my mind.  I part of me still believes.

That’s the power of a story.  That’s the power of a beginning.  Don’t stress originality, tell your story.  If the story is yours, the beginning will be too.

That’s it for today!  Do you have a story from your childhood that impacts you to this day?  Do you have an opening line that really rocked your socks off?  I’d love to hear about it.  Until tomorrow, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!

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Writing Past Dark: Blurb, Book, Collage

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A collection of phrases and quotes from the book, Writing Past Dark, written by Bonnie Friedman.  As usual, you can click the image, or go here, to view it in higher resolution on my Flickr.  And as always, it’s made by me and free to share.

 

Writing Past Dark, written by Bonnie Friedman, is sure to stir up the inner writer inside of you.   For you folks who are already relentlessly pounding away on the keyboard, you will find more fuel to stoke your inspirational furnace and keep the monsters at bay.   After all, most of us deal with writing demons.  They chase away the muse and leave us jaded.  This book will help you smite those black eyed beasts.

At 146 pages, you will roll through this one in no time at all.  Friedman uses personal anecdotes to drive you through the books core concepts.  Her style and voice are very appealing and I found myself swept along by her words.

writing past dark.jpgAs someone who struggles with their own writing demons, and works daily to help others find the light, I found the sections on Writer’s Disease, Distraction, How to Get the Meaning In, and Why We Can’t Write to be the most impactful.

What resonated for me in this book was the heart of the writer – Friedman.  Some authors have a way of connecting with the reader on a very deep and personal level.  Friedman snagged me early and wouldn’t let go.  Again, if you are struggling with the craft, this book might just be what you need.  And given the short length it’s not a huge investment of time.

I‘m always looking for new books!  Especially books about the craft.  Is there one you were thinking about but haven’t pulled the trigger on buying yet?  Let me know – my trigger finger is always itchy and Amazon is a click away.  As for now, I have another weapon to use against the darkness.  Until tomorrow, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!

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Dream Journals: Create While You Sleep

bad muse.jpgNovelist Will Self advises us, Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea forever.”

Many of us take his advice, but do you remember to bring your note taking device with you when you go to sleep?  I think all of us have woken up from a dream and said, “Wow, what a thought, I better remember that,” only to lose it forever upon waking.  If this has happened to you, you might consider keeping a dream journal.

When I first began researching dream journaling I was filled with skepticism.  It didn’t help matters when many of the online sources I found were filled with mysticism instead of solid information.  I’m sorry, but I’m not going to sleep with crystals surrounding my bed, candles lit, or with air full of incense.  I’m not saying doing things like this won’t help some people, but for me, not so much.

Here are the practices and applied concepts that worked for me.

*Note*  I’m not an expert or dream shaman by any means.  These are just the things that have worked for me in the past and what I employ.  The result is maybe one fully formed thought or concept that could be viable for projects per week (at best).

hydrate.jpgDrink five quarts of kitten blood before going to sleep.  Okay, maybe not.  But going to sleep hungry or thirsty doesn’t help.  It’s common sense, but for many of us over-caffeinated starving artists, it doesn’t hurt to remember to eat and hydrate.  Our brains consume a huge amount of energy in our bodies, more than any other organ.  Those gray cells require a lot of nutrients to do their work.  Make sure you feed and water them.

As you drift off to sleep, focus on sensory input.  Your mind is a gun, those thoughts bouncing around in it as your drift off to sleep are bullets.  You need to steady the gun as you sleep to ensure proper aim and accuracy.  For me, with a background on the ocean, I focus on the sea.  The sound of the water, the colors of the night sky bouncing off of it, the luminescent glow of algae being stirred up by the ships propellers, and so on.

science.jpgIt can be a memory, or it can be made up entirely (whatever elicits the most response and focus).  But try to focus on sights, sounds, feels, smells, and tastes.  There is some weird science going on, but the skinny of it is that is begins priming your brain as you drift off to sleep.

Here is a scientific article from the academic journal, Trends in Cognitive Science, that might help you understand more about the science behind this (if you check out the link make sure to click on full text button, or you will just be reading the abstract).

If you can’t focus on a sensation, use a mantra.  This works really well for me.  If my mind is racing then I can’t focus on anything.  If this happens, I tell myself over and over again (silently, because my wife would kill me and be freaked out otherwise), “Remember your dreams, remember your dreams.”  Focusing on these words creates a calm that allows me to drift off to sleep better, and it also seems like my brain takes the advice.

alarm clock service.jpgSet an alarm.  This was a trial and error step for me.  I’m not going to get into how the brain works too much, but I will offer this basic concept.  Your brain goes through cycles when you sleep.  It switches back and forth from REM (the stage where you dream) and NREM (deep sleep that repairs and revitalizes you body – no dreams).

If you can stage an alarm that coincides with REM, upon waking, you may have more success recalling what was happening in dreamland.  To do this successfully, your sleep schedule needs to have some consistency.  With that being said, a rule of thumb I have seen on multiple website (like here) is to set an alarm for four hours from when your head hits the pillow.

Penlight.JPGHave tools ready to record.  When the alarm goes off, you are going to be in a weird state.  Especially if you succeeded in pulling yourself out of a dream.  If you have a spouse, or person you share a room with, flicking a light on and rifling through things is not going to win you any awards.  I have a notebook and a pen with a little built in light tip.  When I click the back of the pen a tiny LED light comes on.  I jot down what I can recall and try not to focus on organizing it.  Even if it is just fragments that don’t make any sense.

Analyze entries once a week.  Pick a day and go through the entries you made.  Sit down and treat it like a writing session.  Really analyze what you wrote.  With a clear and fresh mind those fragments can turn into something new and exciting.

Be as consistent as you can.  I get it.  Sleep is in short supply and setting an alarm for four hours to interrupt it doesn’t sound like much fun.  But if you can do it every now and then, your power to recall will improve.  I’m sure there is more weird science here, but the more you exercise the desire to recall dreams, and the more you force yourself to record them, the clearer the dreams will be and the more information you will be able to record.

angel and demon.pngDon’t blame me for what you recall.  Think how amazing your brain is when you are awake.  Especially as writers.  But your brain is being restrained by your analytic self when you are awake.  Now imagine if your brain could roam free.  The worlds created aren’t via words, but actually exist.  You are just a casual observer or participant in it’s mad games.  Who knows what joys, or terrors, you might find.  Good luck…

That’s it for today.  Do any of you keep dream journals?  Do you have any tips that might improve my understanding of them?  I’d love to hear about it.  Until tomorrow, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!

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The Kick-Ass Writer Collage: Quotes

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A collection of phrases and quotes from the book, The Kick-Ass Writer, written by Chuck Wendig.  High-res version is located here.  Made by me, and free to share.

 

I’ve got a boatload (a cargo-container sized one) of writing to get done tonight and some editing to do for the Brown Pipe Gang (my writer’s group).  So in the interests of providing you all something cool to look at, and meeting my daily posting goals, I tossed together this little quote collage.  All of these quotes come from the book, The Kick-Ass Writer, written by Chuck Wendig.

I just recently finished his book, and it was a nice change of pace from many of the dry “how-to” writing books in my library.  It’s a fast paced, action packed book (which is a strange thing to say about something instructional), and in my opinion – worth reading.  So if you have the itch, scratch it!

In case you missed the link in the photo description, a shiny high-res version of this image is available here.

Did I miss your favorite quote?  Don’t grind my bones into flour to make your bread! Instead, take a breath, and leave a comment.  Until tomorrow, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!

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