My current writing set-up.
I started incorporating movies into my writing routine recently.
It’s exactly what it sounds like.
Instead of writing to music as I normally would’ve done, I drag my manuscript to the monitor and open a movie on my laptop. And then I write, typity type type, until my eyes and ears can’t take it anymore or my hands fall off.
Now, watching a movie while you’re writing might sound like a terrible idea, but please hear me out.
There are three advantages to this method: Continue reading
When I first started SORROWBACON, I couldn’t find any resources online that gave me insight on how webcomics were made, so when I finally made my own webcomic, I promised myself that I would document my process so that others can benefit in some way.
So here it is: making a webcomic, from ideation to execution.
This is the most difficult part. Now, I know my strengths, specifically that I’m capable of seeing one idea in multiple ways, but the downside of visualizing so many possibilities at once is that your brain starts to sputter after a while and you get mad analysis paralysis. So I switched gears and started making Big Picture Idea Maps. Continue reading
Time management comes easily when you have a system in place. Here’s my system.
1. Think in terms of minutes, not hours.
Make every minute count. Get what you can do in an hour done within X minutes. Constraints are conducive to productivity, and sometimes an obscenely urgent deadline is just what you need to produce results. Continue reading
Today, I hate my writing. I want to select all and delete my novel, all 80,000 words of it.
This ever happen to you?
Overcoming writing perfectionism is a lifelong journey. Perfectionism makes you rewrite dialogue and burn story notes. It’s got you by the throat, especially late at night, when it pins your eyelids back and forces you to brainstorm all the ways your story doesn’t make sense.
I think the problem here is that I’m spending too much time with my writing. Finishing four and a half drafts in a few months is not normal, at least not for me, and a little distance is needed here.
So I focused my energies on other things. Continue reading
Here’s a video where I break down the three writing productivity tips that got me out of my writing slump. These writing productivity tips have been adapted from research I read on productivity and entrepreneurship, and sprinkled with a ton of personal trial and error.
I opened an Etsy shop today.
For my first ever listing, I’m selling the above print. It is an illustration of cats, coffee, a struggling artist punched in the face by a floppy egg, and more cats. Continue reading
It was always my intention for SORROWBACON to be surreal.
Not surrealism in the conventional sense, but surrealism as a subversion of your normal self, whatever and however you define that ‘normal’ benchmark.
For me, it’s about tackling the things I didn’t know I had to overcome. Continue reading
Drawing out scenes help, too.
I’ve been writing furiously the past couple of months.
Draft One of the Nash Moor story was 80,000 words.
Draft Two was 50,000 words.
Draft Three was 32,000 words.
And now I’m on Draft Four.
I’m noticing a pattern here, and surprisingly, I ain’t worried. Continue reading
SORROWBACON is being happy being sad.
SORROWBACON is blood on your welcome mat.
SORROWBACON is sleeping more than you should.
SORROWBACON is your steak overcooked. Continue reading