From the Desk Remix! – Information Overload and Lettuce!

Information overload. We are living in an environment of information ubiquity, which is at times amazing. At other times, it can be a problem. Too much of a good thing turns out not to be good for us. Consider this - how many doughnuts is too many? You are correct, no amount of doughnuts is… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! – Information Overload and Lettuce!

Chase Jarvis – Creative Calling – Pt.2

Last week I shared some takeaways from the first session of Chase Jarvis' Creative Calling Bookclub - if you missed it then click here! Week 2 was about focusing on the I. I - Imagine what you wantD - Design a system to do itE - execute the planA - Amplify So Imagine what you… Continue reading Chase Jarvis – Creative Calling – Pt.2

Day 464 – A List of Recommendations.

Pre-amble: It has been a day of sunshine and torrential downpour during a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon. The sunshine was still warm but - it seems - typically for August - well hidden by cloudy masses, but for the brief periods it did emerge it was glorious. I have really noticed that the light has changed… Continue reading Day 464 – A List of Recommendations.

Day 463 – Sunday Reflection.

I've been busy revamping my study. Basically, I've got rid of more stuff I had forgotten I even had, or had kept because it might be useful at some point. I decided that some point had been reached and that the stuff wasn't useful after all. A family desk taken by my eldest son, freed… Continue reading Day 463 – Sunday Reflection.

Day 456 – Sunday Reflection.

For about twelve hours, the Welsh rugby team were number one in the world rankings. Then a poor showing against England saw them slip back to number two. Poor defence contrasted heavily with the one which secured them the Grand Slam in the 6 Nations. Too much reliance on training park moves saw players going… Continue reading Day 456 – Sunday Reflection.

Day 439 – Aloud.

When you write, read it back. Not in your head. In your head it sounds different. Read it aloud. Preferably to someone. Most of the mistakes and awkward sentences will become apparent to you straight away. Some the person listening to you will point out. It can be challenging. Not everyone reads aloud well. Not… Continue reading Day 439 – Aloud.

Day 438 – To TV or Not To TV, That Is The Question.

One piece of writing advice is to destroy your tv. You're a writer of books, so read 'em and write 'em. TV was invented to distract you and allow advertising to sell you stuff. So that should be enough for why not to TV. So Why to TV? Plot and Characters in a story arc.… Continue reading Day 438 – To TV or Not To TV, That Is The Question.

Day 433 – Idea Notebook.

Some writers seem to swear by a notebook. Others swear at the mere suggestion of one. Most artists make sketches. Most musicians will record something on their mobiles - probably. Have some way of recording your thoughts, ideas, research, and inspirations, is essential. Too much happens to us on any given day to remember every… Continue reading Day 433 – Idea Notebook.