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Writing Excuses 11.4: Newton's Laws of Writing

Writing Excuses 11.4: Newton's Laws of Writing


Key points: Tayler's Three Laws of Writing. [1] A word count at rest tends to remain at rest, while a word count in motion tends to remain in motion. Motivation? To keep writing, write some more! To start writing, start slow, then bump your goal. Build your writing inertia by writing every day! Oh, at the end of a session, don't stop at the end of a chapter. Write the first page of the next scene, and then pick up with that jumpstart. Dan it all! Don't sweat the zone -- fight to make the most of each chance, and make sure people understand don't interrupt me! Think before you start writing, don't waste time ramping up. [2] Word count equals motivation times focus. Motivate by thinking about what comes next. Focus BICHOK and clear distractions. Consider word count per hour. Try a timer (sand timers don't beep!). Meditation might be your ticket to a clearer mind? [3] For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. When you write words, the words write you. You also are affected. Writing is its own reward. Every word you write builds your writing skill. The goal of writing stories is to become a better writer. The equal and opposite reaction to writing is that you become a better writer!
Three Laws of Writing in Motion?Collapse )[Brandon] Now, we are out of time on this episode. I'm going to give you a writing prompt. It's going to actually be a classic writing prompt. One of these ideas that popped into my head and I was on the cruise, and that I was actually pretty excited about. So maybe someday I'll write it. They were talking about art auctions, and it just sent me down this weird spiraling path to thinking about, "You know, it would be kind of smart to take artists, buy up all their paintings, and then murder them so that the art spiked in value."
[Howard] Nice.
[Brandon] So the story somehow is about somebody who is a serial killer of artists, specifically in order to bump the value of all that art up and try to make money. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write. Please don't kill any artists.
Tags: bichok, focus, motivation, word count

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