Stephen Gordon https://www.stephengordon.org Enjoy and Share Wed, 17 May 2017 10:49:59 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Last night’s Office https://www.stephengordon.org/last-nights-office/ Tue, 09 May 2017 15:56:56 +0000 https://www.stephengordon.org/?p=1539 Last night’s Office

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Story Structure https://www.stephengordon.org/story-structure/ Wed, 03 May 2017 17:25:27 +0000 https://www.stephengordon.org/?p=1506 Story Structure from Robert McKee’s Story. Beats build scenes. Scenes build sequences. Sequences build acts. Acts build a story to its climax. Stephen Larne, 3rd May 2017, 6.24pm. Is it worth it, let me work it. I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it – Missy Elliot. I short post a few times a week about work updates, ...

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Post-It Note Blogging https://www.stephengordon.org/post-note-blogging/ Tue, 02 May 2017 08:40:12 +0000 https://www.stephengordon.org/?p=1500 I’ve been using blogging as a way to procrastinate from the novel. That’s very bad so to keep me on target I’ve taken to post-it notes to keep me brief and back to task faster. Stephen Larne, 2nd May 2017, 0929.

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Murder the unchosen alternative https://www.stephengordon.org/murder-unchosen-alternative/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:50:29 +0000 https://www.stephengordon.org/?p=1496 Murder the unchosen alternative. I was awake until 5am this morning. A possible job opportunity flagged up and I spent 24 hours thinking of ways to make it happen and get the books done on time. I lost a whole day because I forgot you can’t have everything. Well I can’t have everything. You know that joke that men can’t ...

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Get your head in the game dumbass https://www.stephengordon.org/get-head-game-dumbass/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:44:22 +0000 https://www.stephengordon.org/?p=1493 Hi Earlier Today Stephen, Do not open your fucking email, internet browser, or messenger apps until AFTER your word count is done for the day. There’s a reason you added that to your first draft checklist, dumbass. Today you were an overconfident, recovering addict. You were a few writing sprints into today, cranking out about 1,200 words an hour (which ...

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First Draft Flow State Checklist https://www.stephengordon.org/first-draft-flow-state/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:52:59 +0000 https://www.stephengordon.org/?p=1486 First Draft Flow State. I have the attention span of a Ritalin deprived cocker spaniel on a coke and amphetamine speedball. In my old life I’d be greeted in meetings with SQUIRREL! That quick pick up/put down thinking works well for brainstorming but makes writing a first draft tortuous failure. I don’t procrastinate, I actively sabotage myself like a split ...

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Brandish the bloodied corpse of solved problems https://www.stephengordon.org/brandish-the-bloodied-corpse-of-solved-problems/ Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:08:20 +0000 https://www.stephengordon.org/?p=1473 Brandish the bloodied corpse of solved problems How I Lived Then. I’m too lazy for Goa. I’ve spent the last 16 months working part time jobs and self-indulgently finding myself from my mid-terrace on the East Coast of Northern Ireland. I’m enlightened on video games, binge watching Netflix, Facebook, and snacking. Fucking useless preparation for anything else. Fear you see. ...

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I Am The Toxic Avenger https://www.stephengordon.org/i-am-the-toxic-avenger/ Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:43:28 +0000 https://www.stephengordon.org/?p=1468 Unsubscribe Now. You know those people who promise to grow mailing lists by thousands in 30 days? I’m the antithesis of them. I’m the anti-mailing list builder. Based on the rate people have been unsubscribing I’m toxic. That’s ok I can feel me careening all over the place trying to settle on a tone, topic, format and voice. Reading these ...

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Magic Writing Toolkit https://www.stephengordon.org/magic-writing-toolkit/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:44:13 +0000 https://www.stephengordon.org/?p=1465 Magic Writing Toolkit. I’m an organizational black hole. Give me too many moving parts, and I’ll lose them, break them, or get distracted by something new, shiny and hopefully blessed with magic powers. It took me a while, but I finally settled on a few tools to help me be productive. Google Drive I store everything on Google Drive, but ...

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Void Days https://www.stephengordon.org/void-days/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:52:44 +0000 https://www.stephengordon.org/?p=1460 Regular Service will resume soon I promise I’ll get back to talking about writing soon. Void Days It’s 6 pm. I remember 30% of my day at most. These are void days. I wake up nerves shredded and snarling. I pick up and put down five or ten tasks an hour with big burst starts and screeching Unfinished stops. Every ...

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