On Writing – On Music

I think it is quite common for writers to use music as their guide. Whether it is using fast paced music for an action scene, or slow melodic music for a sad scene, there is a lot of power in music and how it evokes emotion within people. It is why it is used to such great effect in movies and TV, and it is one of the things that I cannot write without.

So today, I thought to look at some of my favourite pieces of music, and what scenes I use them for.

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On Writing – On Failure

On Failure– this week, I look at how it means to fail at something. And when it comes to writing (or anything) that failure is not necessarily a bad thing. (Image Credit – Anjan58, Flickr)

My goal at the start of the year was to write 10,000 words a month, on any combination of projects.

Then I failed.

Failure is not something that anyone really truly takes with grace. And as with any goal, not meeting that goal means you sit back and you think did I set my sights too high?

The past two months, I haven’t hit my word goals. If I was honest, it was because a computer game, or a TV show was more interesting to me at the time. There were times I was too tired, too exhausted mentally, or just plain old not inspired.

However, when it comes to writing, failure isn’t really a bad thing. It’s a creative task, writing, and as with anything creative, there are ebbs and flows in that power like there are ebbs and flows in the wind.

Since failing to hit my target in March, I let myself be more at peace with failure in April. It’s hard work, considering my natural state is to worry about anything and everything and especially about failing goals I’ve set for myself, but I’ve tried it.

And you know what? My creativity came back again. After a few weeks of hibernation, of watching other stories, of reading other things, the urge to sit down and write came back to me. It mean that even the sunshine outside could not draw me away from my inner desire to sit down and type for the whole afternoon, to spill out those words onto a page.

My projects that I discussed in March are still very much there. I know that they need some serious work on them, but for now they can just sit there. If these past few months have taught me anything, it is to be a little kinder to myself, and to keep my goals in place. Just because I did not hit my target one month does not mean I will not hit it the next. And nor does it mean that the goal was pointless in the first place.

On Writing – On Projects

On Projects – this week, I look at how to choose a new project. And how not to get distracted from your current project. (Image Credit – http://informedmag.com/)

Working out what will be my next project is something of a chore.

It’s not something that I’ll be doing any time soon. I’ve got at least three big projects on my plate that I’m planning on working on over the course of the next year. Then added on top is my writing I do for this blog, and the other time consuming requirements that comes from life’s demands.

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On Writing – Prompts

One of my favourite ways to generate new ideas is to use writing prompts.

I love the way that you can generate a totally new scenario from merely a couple of words, or a picture that you stumble across. Inspiration is generally hard to find, but with a prompt it gives you a direction to go in, and it challenges you to consider new ideas that you may not have written before.

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On Writing – On Schedules

One of the methods that I’ve seen suggested by many writers is to create a schedule for their writing. That if you sit down and write 400 words a day then you’ll have 2,800 words by the end of the week and 145,600 words by the end of the year.

That is true, because it’s basic maths. And for some people having that daily dedication to sit down and throw out 400 words of varying quality is what makes them get to that first pinnacle of a first draft of their work, which they can then sit down and edit.

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On Writing – On Editing

Editing it a powerful tool, but it’s something that I haven’t got around to using much in my writing practice. Most of my writing has been focussed on writing something in the snippets of time that I had free, and just try to put the many ideas that I had floating around in my head down on paper. Even better if I could give it to a select audience and have them give some few words of positive feedback.

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