Every writer needs to find the best productivity method for them. Some like simple solutions like writing a page a day, or researching an hour a day. Some have multiple projects going and try to spend a specific amount of time each project every day. Some use to-do lists and analog methods such as the Bullet Journal®. Some use digital methods such as Asana.
If you’ve read Eclectic Little Dork before, you may already know that I’ve been testing combining digital and analog methods of task management. I want to write more, make the most of my research time each day, and keep track of submission calls I want to submit a story to. While researching different digital methods I came across Asana and I’ve been using it ever since.
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August was interesting. Alternately exciting and full of mind numbing boredom I made some interesting choices about the blog and came up with a slew of productivity posts ideas.
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First things first. If you haven’t read the first entry in this series, please feel free to go and read The Beauty In Fantasy. It will introduce you to the basic format of this series.
Second, welcome to the second entry in the series. Today we’re going to be talking about Science Fiction and beauty it holds. And I have to admit, Science Fiction, Sci-Fi, SF or whatever name someone chooses to use for the genre is second only to Horror for me. Not only do I get the chance to build my own world and write about any subject that interests me, I get to fool around will Aliens and their biology.
Sign me up!
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Environment is the unsung hero of any story. Whether it is Romance, Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy etc. Whether the setting is our world or somewhere else. Without it, the story would simply take space in a white void and be completely uninteresting.
Is it my favorite part of writing? Well, no. Not unless it is part of worldbuilding. However, I do find it fun when it is.
What Is Environment?
For the purposes of this post, environment has both a broad and a concise meaning—paradoxical though that is. Environment is ecology: weather patterns, flora and fauna, whether a setting is desert-like, arctic-like, forest-like etc. in nature.
But it also means unnatural settings such as cities and, in a broader sense, a culture. This is because environment affects people in both an external and internal way. Feeding into a continuous loop that cannot ever be truly separated.
Environment is like an Ouroboros, forever eating its own tail.
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Title: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print, Second Edition
Author: Dave King & Renni Browne
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 2 Sub edition (April 13, 2004)
Length: 188-292 pages
Category: Non-Fiction, Writing Craft
At a Glance: A must-read for those who write fiction.
Blurb: Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here, at last, is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories.
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For writers and other creative people, finding a balance between our creative impulses and life can be difficult. If we allow life to interfere too much, we may feel stifled, trapped, grumpy etc. Like our creativity is being allowed to wither on the vine. But if we allow creativity to interfere with life too much our relationships may suffer, and we may become burned out.
There is a very clear solution to these problems, striking a balance. It is something that I admittedly am not as good at as I would like to be, but I’m working to better myself using the following tips. Slowly striking that much-needed balance. And I hope these tips can help other struggling writers find balance in their own lives. Continue reading “How To Balance Writing & Life”
There’s beauty in any genre a writer can choose to write. But I find Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Horror to be the most beautiful of all. Vibrant and alive with a sea of possibilities for both writers and readers, and overlapping with almost any other genre out there. That’s why I’ve decided to write a series of posts about them detailing what each share that makes them so great, and what is unique to them.
First up in this three part series is Fantasy.
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Sometimes the best thing a writer can do to boost their productivity is to find a way to relax. For some that will be going to take a walk, listening to a favorite song etc. But there are times when a more serious form of relaxation is in order. For those times, I say look no further than the DIY writing retreat.
It’s a simple and effective way that, with some planning, doesn’t have to cost anything. And even better, at the end, you’ll be ready to return to your normal day-to-day life confident that you can tackle what is thrown at you.
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July was a brutally hot month interspersed with periods of rain. It was also a time of great change for me with regards to the blog, my own writing, and my own organization as well as bringing new favorites to my attention.
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Horror is a genre of emotion. Its goal being to instill some form of fear in the reader for the duration of time they’re reading or watching a Horror story. The best ones staying with you well after you’ve closed the book etc.
In this post, I will discuss three of my own top Horror writing tips. Each of them a content-focused tip instead of a step-by-step, that I hope will help you with writing your own Horror shorts.
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