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Dec 052012
 

There are three really tough parts to any writing project.

– The beginning

– The middle

– The end

Monday we covered the beginning. So here we are today, Wednesday, the middle of the week, so let’s get on with “The Middle”. The middle is where you find all the juicy bits, the fun parts that get you from “Oh no, I just lost my job” to “Why yes, I am Lord of all I see”. Or something like that.

The Middle

Oct 012012
 

August and September are always hard months for me. They are full of all kinds of draws on my time like the start of school, the Renaissance Festival and of course harvest and canning season. Consequently it is a lot harder for me to keep up with all the things that I tend to do during the whole year (blog posts, writing, laundry, etc). Yet somehow it has to get done.

Sep 052012
 

It’s back to school season. As an interpreter working in public schools, that means for me it is also back to work season and get as many workshops in as school will pay for season. This year’s all day district workshop for interpreters (one of the few days that we actually all get to see each other before we scatter to the four winds to struggle to explain what we do to teachers, administrators and students), we spent the day learning how to learn. It’s an odd concept until you think about it.

Aug 242012
 

We have all faced the excuses. They are so tempting, especially in the busy times in life. For me that’s right now. I’m spending my weekends at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival leading people around the grounds and helping them find things. The garden is getting past the growing stage and I have a lot of harvesting and food prep to do. And since it is the end of summer, it is also the end of my hiatus from my day job. On top of all that Sweetie and the Kitties want my attention and it’s already time to start planning for November (because when you are in charge of herding cats that’s what you have to do). So it is really tempting for me to let the writing slide – just until things “stabilize”.

Jul 232012
 

The other day at my local Target, I was just stepping up to my turn at the checkout when I got a call from agency (interpreting). Considering that any communication with my agency could lead to money, I consider it too important to just ignore. At the same time I was about to engage in another (money related) activity. So I did the only thing I could think of to keep everything right – I answered with a quick “Can I call you back in a couple of seconds?” waited for the assent and hung up. Turning to the clerk I was shocked by her response:

Jul 162012
 

There are numerous jokes in the theatre world about motivation. There’s a rather famous one in “Noises off” when the director tells a character to take the groceries into the living room. “So, What’s my motivation?” the character asks. The audience knows that the motivation is that someone else just went into the kitchen and the whole point of a farce is to make sure that characters miss each other. That doesn’t help the actor much who is trying for all he’s worth to play the character honestly with real motivation. The farce isn’t funny if it’s too obvious that the director is just trying to keep the characters apart.

Jun 272012
 

There’s a lot of advice out there for writers masquerading as rules. They look simple and straight forward, but are actually quite complicated and nuanced. New writers, and even veterans, fall victim too often to the stifling version. In this periodic series, I’m going to dig deep into the reasons behind the “rules” and the real advice one should take from them.

 

Write what you know.