- Open writing program.
- While it loads, check Tumblr.
- Continue checking Tumblr.
- Remember you needed to check your bank balance.
- Go back to writing program.
- Open file.
- While it opens, check Twitter.
- Reply to tweets.
- Check email.
- Get a caffeinated beverage.
- Catch up on Google Reader.
- Check Tumblr again.
- Finish Google Reader-ing.
- Put the dishes away.
- Write a post about your writing process.
- Shut down your computer and play videos games.
From And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers On Their Craft by Mike Sacks. A book that was graciously leant to me for years by Evan Kaufman.
“Could it be that creative writing has become so popular in colleges today because of our students’ need to reclaim the personal and moral uses of language in a period when advertising has so corrupted it? On some level, the students in my classes at the University of Maine at Farmington feel this need, I think. Consequently, I take satisfaction in the main lesson in language they learn there: telling the truth.”
- from “On Poets, Poets Teaching, and Poetry: Notes from a Journal” by Wesley McNair, published in the Winter 1998/99 issue of Ploughshares, guest edited by Thomas Lux.
|—||Lawrence Kasdan (baitandswitch)|
The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril by Paul Malmont
(Image by Cowfish)
Stranded - The Walkmen
There may not be a better song to try and write to on a chilly Thursday night. Unless you’re trying to write jokes. Then there are many, many better songs.
One of the hardest things to do is coming up with new character names. For those in a bind, here is a list of bona fide grade A character names you can use free of charge. It’s my way of saying, thanks for reading this blog thing.
- Dan Serious
- Terrence Cahn
- Corey Monteith
- Ricky “Lips” Hernandez
- Rock Hardbuff
- Phil Goodbar
- Todd Fartstache
- Phillip Cake
- Lick Stampson
- Ty Boe
- Roxie Redford
- Samantha Wyndgate
- Lacey Heartcrush, Destroyer of Men
- Tess Salad
- Ginny Powder
Girl Best Friends:
- Sherry “Fourth Grade Art Teacher” Pendersen
- Nicole Slaw
- Wendy Happlesaw
- Sarah Bland
- Tilly Peanuts
I keep a board of ideas above my desk so that when I actually have time to sit down and work, I may have a chance of recovering a great idea. Sometimes the notes I leave myself are really detailed and fully fleshed out. Which is great.
Other times they are just the barest seed of an idea, but enough to spark me into remembering what I was thinking about when I wrote this down.
And then other times they make no sense whatsoever. Today I looked up at my board and found a notecard which read:
You need blood to grow a mustache.
Which means nothing. Other than the true fact that yes, you need to be a living human being with blood pumping through your veins to be able to sprout upper lip hair. Other than that, this is absolutely meaningless.
Or I’ve been incepted. It’s one or the other.
Morrison has found a way to talk about the importance of fiction while also talking about Batman. And it’s beautiful.