Linear Plotting into Infinity

2014-08-06 17.58.08Update: I’m still here, blogging friends. Life washed me up on its shores, battered but happy and alive. One tremendous hurdle is receding in the distance; yet another one looms. But…it’s all extremely good and, since I feel like writing for the first time in weeks, I’m blogging instead of creating my revision outline:)

Linear thinking is my thing. Point A to Point Z, straight ahead, no wandering around, no getting lost. TripAdvisor, Google Earth, or a good old map are my guideposts. When I’m plotting, I draw lines. Straight lines. Rigid as it seems, I don’t vary much once I get my ideas down on paper. But, tonight, I have to admit, I’m stalling a bit. Right now, drawing seems more fun. I just may have to buy a real whiteboard!11970909911651569759jcartier_Pencil_svg_thumb

Do you create your plot in 2D or 3D? Tell me how you do it – maybe I’ll try something new.

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A2Z Envy

As promised here’s a brief update on my writing progress.Lies-and-Legends-Time-for-w

After more stalling, I’ve returned to my languishing first draft. My muse, I’m happy to say, is lurking in the room, sending actual ideas my way. I’ve plunged my characters into danger and death, dilemmas of the heart, and plain old-fashioned chaos. They’ll need to be fearless every time they get a chance.

Word count is 37,000+.

Also, to all of you out there doing A2Z, I envy you. Time management is a problem for me, but next year I’ll start working on the challenge a month ahead.

bokeh-kiss_l      More next week.

REPETITION GETS YOU THERE

OK, the WordPress forum gods said the posting repetition was a one time glitch, so here goes. (If this doesn’t work, I promise to start a new, healthy blog.)

The uncontrolled repetition of my blog got me thinking. Repetition and success go hand in hand. Sounds like a duh observation, I know, but without repetition nothing gets done. Repetition encourages good habits — like writing every day and finishing your revision. But, it also encourages bad habits — tinkering with Facebook, eating too much chocolate, or staring off into space (don’t confuse this with Spring Fever which is right around the corner.)

Whether we glory in good habits or fall prey to bad ones, only one thing can save us. Discipline. The D-word. Crawling forward on the revision reminds me, once again, how little discipline I have. However, I’ve made it this far. So, I’ll give myself credit for that.

All of you artists, writers, musicians, and photographers, you have more discipline than you think. You’re out there doing art day by day.

So, I hope you only see this blog only once, read it, and pat yourself on the back for being creative!