Props Week, continued: Writing wisdom via Jordan Rosenfeld…

@Jordanrosenfeld

http://jordanrosenfeld.net/

Some of her gems include:

  • A fast draft gets it down, but it doesn’t finish it for you.
  • Reading is an aerobics class for your writer mind.
  • At the beginning, your character shouldn’t be too self-aware; leave room for growth.
  • Each scene should still have a goal for your protagonist—and readers are most interested in your protagonist.

 

The source of Dabble Hour…

My first foray into Dabble Hour went fairly well. I only allowed myself that 60 minutes to follow peripheral projects, including writing for animation. Problem: I planted myself in Distraction Central, our public library. Good place to sit and work, but all those books…

library book pyramid

No, I didn’t pick all these up in one trip. But still…someone here needs therapy.

Don’t you love the irony of my having a copy of Deep Work?

In his book Turning Pro, Steven Pressfield says “The amateur prizes shallowness and shuns depth.”

Seems I have a way to go with this…

Dabble Hour: Keeping Favorite Projects Alive

I have confess…there are projects I still want to stay involved with, but, as Steven Pressfield says [and I agree], delving into multiple projects–thus leading to nothing being finished–suggests yet another triumph of resistance over progress.

And so, for the next week, I’m going with a compromise: Dabble Hour.

dabble hour--jugglers-acrobats-864

I’ll give myself one hour a day to at least stay in touch with some of those side creation/writing projects…even if it’s five minutes to type up a few pertinent ideas, a snippet of dialogue, or log a resource-filled website or two.

Better than letting them sit in the corner of the room in a dust-blanketed notebook.