Flow, and its place in Writing

Following on my last post about the practice of writing versus practicing writing, I recently came across a Cal Newport article entitled Flow is the Opiate of the Mediocre, in which he talks about the difference between practice and performance. “Flow” is a term coined by psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, which he described as “a highly […]

Can you practice writing?

James Koppel has a pretty interesting post about programming entitled Practicing is not Performing: Why Project-Based Learning Fails, about why trying to learn something about programming by doing a project is not the way to learn. I don’t agree with everything he says, but the gist of his comments really does get to me. Last […]

On writing a series for 30 years

I’ve been reading John Yorke’s excellent book on storytelling, Into the Woods. Yorke was a television writer, producer and executive for many years, and his insights into what makes series & serials tick has been invaluable to me in clarifying some of the things I’ve been blocked by in developing out The Journal Entries and […]

What is a “Story Engine?”

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting in on a seminar on television screenwriting, and I learned a new term which has made me sit back and seriously think about the kind of writing I enjoy. That term was story engine. I spend a lot of time thinking about the mechanics of […]

Reasons to Trunk a Novel: No Theme or Premise

I’ve decided to trunk another story. After Star Kingdom, which at 95,962 words is among the longest things I’ve ever written, I was a little burned out on writing in general. I’ve been a little burned out on life, for that matter; I took a sabbatical from work and I’ve been doing very little with […]

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