Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday Morning Motivation--My top 8 Whys

Why is it:

8) that good guys or bad guys think they can aim and shoot while running or riding horseback?

7) that no one seems to notice the guy sitting in the car on a stakeout, trying to look nonchalant?

6) that chasers don't follow at a discreet distance and chasees don't notice until it's too late?

5) that people don't carefully peek around corners before exposing their fully-extended gun arm, enabling the bad guy to karate chop the gun out of their hands?

4) that people run out in the open when being chased by cars, instead of off to the side where they can dodge at the last minute?

3) that gorgeous female cops and detectives always run in high heels?

2) that the person being chased always runs UP? Up stairs, Up mountains, Up everything. Where are you going to go when you run out of UP?

1) that the bad guy can't resist the urge to show everyone what a diabolical genius he is by divulging the entire plot?

There are some exceptions to these ponderings, but most TV crime dramas, and mysteries end up making the same mistakes. It didn't work out in the last movie, but wait, maybe it'll work out the next time.

Make it a good Monday!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Morning Motivation

A friend of mine recently commented that her husband, a new writer, had a hard time with new ideas distracting him from his current work in progress.

How do you deal with that?

I am surrounded with notebooks and journals of ideas that creep up behind me seeking to thwart my concentration. My mind runs away with them from time to time.

My solution?

I keep a section in my planner called "The Bookshelf". In this section I keep a list of TBRs. I have quite a stack and I need to write reviews on most of them, so it's important to keep a list in order of when they are due.

But, the most important thing I keep in my bookshelf are my ideas. There are hundreds of them waiting in the pages for me to remember them and give them life. I write down the dreams I can still remember by morning. I write down every little nagging thought that begs to be heard.

If I don't, those little voices just about drive me crazy, all clamoring for my attention. I find that once I put them down on paper they seem willing to quiet themselves for now and patiently wait for another day. Then I can get back to my wip.

Voices in my head? Yep, don't be so surprised. I've heard it said that "writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." ~E. L. Doctorow

How do you deal with the voices in your head?