A book can get shelved before it’s finished, but not in the good way. Creative work can get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list when priorities shift or you lose interest for the latest shiny new idea. This doesn’t...
On a sticky summer day, two teams shouted each other down on a scrubby sand lot. Insults flew between the little league pitcher in uniform and the scrappy catcher in shorts. The catcher had enough. His face flushed red, his eyes...
Writing, as a hobby, art, and profession, tends to wear dysfunction like a badge of honor. I don’t think it should. And neither should reading, come to think of it. Writers looking to improve productivity are a favorite target for...
Procrastination blocks productivity. Still, procrastination is better tackled when it’s understood. By definition, procrastination means “the act of delaying or postponing something”, more specifically “putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention”. You are technically only procrastinating in...
Reading is wonderful. Writing wouldn’t be an industry without people for whom reading is a large part of their mental input. Fabulous as reading is, a well-rounded diet of information is critical for creativity and developing healthy intelligence. Stories, facts, history,...
One of the more recognizable plotting methods out there is Note card Plotting. The idea of physically carrying and rearranging ideas appeals especially well to hands-on or visual writers, though the specifics of the method vary. Note Card Plotting General Method:...
One of the founding goals here at The Art of Stories has always been advocating writer’s physical and mental health. No, I don’t have a program for this or any kind of special diet or system I’m selling. There...
Writing has an interesting relationship with stress. It would probably be more appropriate to say writers have a complicated relationship with stress. Stressors can help inspire creativity; writing can relieve stress; stress can create writers block. While removing stress...