3 thoughts on “Reverse engineering, trial by combat, and listening”

  1. Thanks for the navel-gaz­ing. Very help­ful. (I’m at the crash­ing-through-undis­cip­lined stage, by the way.)

  2. Okay, I no longer read with enjoy­ment. I cri­ti­cize everything I see, watch, hear. Often I can pre­dict what’s going to hap­pen. I read and think, “that’s exactly what I DON’T want to do.”
    Does try­ing to be a bet­ter writer mean los­ing enjoy­ment in read­ing or watch­ing movies? I sup­pose when I do enjoy some­thing I should try and learn from it. Bring on the clas­sics!

  3. I’m with you Ian. Same boat. The struggle seems to con­stantly shift between the dif­fer­ent mod­us operandi.

    As I’m doing National Novel Writing Month right now, I’ve thrown all cau­tion to the wind. I’m learn­ing a lot, but really see­ing how my one month pre­par­a­tion has helped a lot. I didn’t fin­ish my pre­par­a­tion before the con­test began, and now I’m start­ing to run into trouble. I didn’t know everything that hap­pens in my story before I star­ted writ­ing, which is not neces­sar­ily a bad thing but I’m some of the com­pos­i­tion may suf­fer for it.

    I’ve also noticed that the inspir­a­tion comes and goes, and some­times I just have to force myself to keep writ­ing til I “get to a good part” where I start blaz­ing again. I’m almost 100% cer­tain those unin­spired points will have to be rewrit­ten. For sure.

    It sounds like you’re mak­ing some good head­way towards improv­ing at the craft.

    P.S. Does your blog have an XML feed? I didn’t see a link so I can nev­er be sure when you update.

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