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This week I worked on my query (yes, more). I revised my novel based on some reader feedback. I researched agents, looking for the best way to appeal to them via query (I've already made a list of agents I want to query and in what order). And I worked on a pretty painting. It's of daffodils, and its sort of van Gogh inspired. When it's finished I intend to share. However, it is not yet done.
None of the above makes a terribly interesting blog post, so I skimmed over my saved drafts and found this link to an article about Joss Whedon's creative process. If you do not wish to read it, I shall summarize it below. (With bullet points!)
Joss Whedon from Ken Conley
Joss Whedon does a ton of stuff at once. Firefly was written during a break from Buffy. He made a Much Ado About Nothing movie with his friends while in post-production with The Avengers.
I don't think everyone can work that way. I'm not sure I can. But here is:
How To Be Crazy Productive, According to Joss Whedon
- After deciding what you need to work on, work on what you want to work on (aka whatever's fun from your To Do List).
- (Note: "it’s so easy to just get nothing done". I enjoyed this quote.)
- He doesn't write chronologically.
- When you piece the fun stuff together, you'll have something you already love. And when you're at that not-fun stage, you're almost done!
- Be specific. Decide on a certain element you're going to work on so, you know, you actually do the work.
- He rewards himself - for pretty much everything. Usually with chocolate. "I mean I’m terrible. I don’t put that on the list because that’s not advice. That’s something I’m seeking help for. It’s a vice and it’s different than advice."
- Read. Write. "Fill the tanks." Another quote says it better than I can. "Constantly watch things and things you don’t [normally watch]. Step outside your viewing zone, your reading zone. It’s all fodder but if you only take from one thing then it’ll show."
- For him, hanging out with friends is better if you're making something. No wonder he churns out so much stuff!
- He turned a gathering of friends into a Shakespeare production.
- "I was never a games night guy, but at some point social interaction starts to freak me out. So when there’s a point, it’s easier for me to see the people I love and hang out and try to have fun."
- Embrace tough love. He wants people who will push him in his life. People who will say, "Stop talking about it. Do it." (That last isn't a quote. It's my summary.)
I'm pretty sure the article sums up nicely with the Nike slogan: "Just do it." Which is not exactly an option for all of us, but I still had fun reading about it.
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