This month’s IWSG question asks: How has your creativity evolved since you began writing?
In my previous career, I was a programmer. I dwelled in a company cubicle Monday through Friday, 40-60 hours/week. And often on weekends because that’s when programmers break stuff make system changes. That sort of job, which I held for longer than I choose to reveal, shaped my approach to all work, including writing.
Basically, the approach goes like this: show up. Ideas happen on their own. Work does not. Guess which one of those outcomes is no good without the other.
Parties and umbrella drinks are great on their own. But together, they make a celebration.
The question would require a complex and revealing answer so I’m doing the cowardly thing and dodging it.
As a substitute, I’m flaunting my solar stats for the months of Juneand July.Back in May, I used the IWSG stroll to kick off a semi-monthly solar report. I might be the only one who is fascinated by these stats, but at least I have one person’s attention.
I’m pretty good at wasting time, evidenced by my doodles. When I’m under a deadline, I really up my time-wasting game. Like, I’ll study my solar production stats, then look back at the weather. Please allow me to introduce one of my favorite procrastination sites: TimeAndDate.com where you can make this kind of magic:
Grehan here. I’m proud of myself. Three consecutive months I’ve shown up for IWSG blog hop. June’s prompt goes something like this:
What’s harder to come up with: story titles, or character names?
This’ll be quick.
I don’t sweat over this stuff.
These aren’t dogs we’re talking about. Stories don’t have to come when they’re called. The title is a digital placeholder, a pointer that directs you to the genius tale you’re focused on creating.
Characters? Unless you’re writing biography, character names are meaningful only to you. I’ll bet my cap feathers nobody ever read the final page of a novel, and then sighed and said, “What great names.”
On the final edit, and the really final edit, and the edit that might genuinely be the last final edit, I’m still open to suggestion. If you’re planning to involve other people in your publishing journey, don’t grow attached.
Pitch, premise, synopsis, and story. Those are your bread and butter.