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I dig jazz and single-malt scotch.  I write plays; I direct them too. I love STAR WARS more than is healthy. I walk my dogs every day, unless it's raining or terribly cold.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

In Chicago

Last week i was in Chicago, mostly for the Dramatist Guild of America conference, but a little for seeing Chicago. It turned into a whole lot of exploring the Chicago Art Institute. Two days worth in the museum. We even bought a membership we loved it so much. More on all that later. For now, this is me getting in the way of a famous Pollock. That's love and art for ya.

Monday, August 12, 2013

First Get Up

I've always been a little envious of those writers who get up and write first thing in the morning. Morning is that time of day for them.

I am not a morning person. I don't think well in the morning, heck, I don't walk well in the morning. It takes me forever to wake up. I don't schedule meetings before 10 AM because I don't talk well before 10 AM. I can listen before 10 AM, but if you want me talking or contributing to the convo in the room, then it's gotta be later.

Knowing this, I have tried an experiment the past couple weeks.  I've been reading some books on writing, so the part about writing first thing has come up a few times. Here's what I have learned about me and early morning writing.

I don't write much or well before midday. This is still true.

But--

If I sit down before the water comes to a boil in the kettle and write a sentence or two in the the thing I am working on then the thing I am working on sticks in my head. Then, after the tea, and reading for an hour and taking the dogs down the point and back, the needle of thing that I am working on has been working in my brain. Then when I get back with the dogs and it's not time for lunch I sit down and get more done.

That is what I have learned about writing first thing* in the morning.

*First thing for me is about 9:04, FYI