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A private music instructor, Mrs. Dixon (who retired from teaching in the public schools), told me yesterday her students don’t like to do improvisation. I asked her, why not? She said, “They’re afraid of making a mistake.”

I replied, “It’s hard to make a mistake if you know what key you’re in!”

She said that they just can’t get over messing up. Continue Reading…

In the book Free the Beagle, the main character steps into the Forest of Confusion. There he is confronted with fear, worry, and panic. Those aren’t just emotions that he feels; those are people that personify those things.

Worry.

Fear.

Panic.

As the forest turns into darkness.

 

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Last week I compared goal setting with story structure. Let’s go deeper with that idea today by obliterating your fear of setting goals today and having to change course later.

set-goals

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How Fiction Characters Change in the Draft

Let me illustrate with an example of me writing a book. When I sit down to write my fiction books, I have an idea of where I want the story to go. I know how the story will end, and I create an outline to get there.

Sometimes when I’m in the middle of a story, the characters do something I don’t expect. Or a situation in the story changes so much that I have to alter my outline. Continue Reading…

The Idol of Busyness

Ryan Eidson  —  June 16, 2014

Busyness is an easy trap to fall into.

We like to believe these two lies:

  • The busier we are, the more we get done
  • The busier we are, the more important we feel

But those are NOT true at all.

busyness

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Why are we so busy as a society?

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Sitting down to start a book project is like drawing up a plan for a new business. You have some idea where you want to go with it, but the end result usually looks different than your original idea.

I Can't Get My Book Finished!

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I’ve seen several surveys indicate that most Americans want to write a book. I’m sure this is true in other literate societies as well. However, most of the attempted books remain as incomplete drafts filed away in a desk drawer, on a computer, or somewhere “in the cloud” (online). The work-in-progress author feels guilty for not getting his book done. When her closest friends ask, “How’s your book coming along?” she replies, “I just can’t seem to finish it.”

What are the reasons for this partial draft phenomenon? Continue Reading…