Overcoming Resistance Persistence

I finally got around to purchasing and reading Stephen Pressfield’s, ‘The War of Art’.
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Just what Dr. Resistance didn’t want to hear.

In fact, Mr. Pressfield had a special deal for a number of his books in multiple formats over the Christmas period. So, I treated myself to the ebook and audio versions of ‘The War of Art’ and ‘Do the Work’. Both are very honest accounts of how a lifetime can be spent creating drama and excitement on and (often!) off the page. He don’t pull no punches at what holds many people back from doing what they could be doing.

That is, doing their work. And while they still have a pulse.

Recent celebrity bereavements have reminded me yet again of how fleeting fame and fortune turn out to be. Sure, the adulation of others is all well and good but the music only plays while alive within you. Suffocation by sufferance seems a piss-poor way to treat a natural talent.

The upshot of these turn-of-the-year musings? Well, I have reconciled my doubts about writing fiction through a keyboard with the practicalities of producing sufficient output to learn and improve on. So, the keyboard it is for the work itself. Pen and paper I will mostly reserve for random character sketches, words of the day, and for recording the plot points, character idiosyncrasies and key details as a story unfolds.

I took a short break from ‘The Zelkova Tree’ to begin writing a prologue story about Lisa’s mother, Prof. Junko Smith. Somehow, she has found herself walking on the Moon. It’s turning out to be a lot of fun.

Writing Fast and Curious

The start of another year.

Over the winter break I’ve been writing some scenes for ‘The Zelkova’ Tree, in between quaffing the odd beer or two. And, of course, eating a lot of decent grub. If you like Japanese food, that is; which I do.

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My focus for 2016 will be on writing more fiction. In other words, pardon the pun, it’ll be total new word count that matters a year from now.

In the past I was too caught up in aiming for a set number of widgets (novels, novellas, short stories etc) without thinking through the means of production i.e. butt-in-chair and words on screen.

It seems a simple enough thing to do but resistance is a crafty character when wrapped up in logic and goals. Then again, I have few psychological road blocks when it comes to writing non-fiction, especially commercial writing. So, fiction should be a relative doodle? Hmm…

OK, once this post has been scheduled for automatic publication on New Year’s day I will get back to the story telling. I’m drafting it now in Tokyo on 30th December, during a lull between what passes for Xmas in Japan, and the main new year festivities. The weather on the Pacific-facing coast, where Tokyo’s located, is often settled and sunny at year end. Daytime highs average about 10C but are forecasted to get up to 15C over the first few days of January. That is unusual but then there have been some strange weather events around the world this month. El Nino seems to be stirring the atmosphere and ocean circulations up big time.

2016 is also the year of the monkey, in the Chinese Zodiac from which the Japanese version is derived. For those born in a monkey year, tradition has it they should wear red to ward off bad luck. Some sources mention red underwear but I am not going there. Yours truly has a red mouse mat. That should work for all those lucky words I want to get down on the screen.

Be well and happy in 2016.