Tuesday, July 11, 2006

A Much Needed Five-Minute Break

Everyone's favorite silky-voiced storyteller, Garrison Keillor, has a new podcast. The Writer's Almanac is a daily, five-minute chat about the highlights of this day in history in the world of writing. And he reads a short poem or two.

A nice soothing escape from the maddening shuffling of index cards.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Lack O' Time...And Sleep

Okay, so I'm sure most of you out there have given up on this blog by now. It's been over two months since I've posted, but I do have a good reason. Really.

My wife and I just had our fourth child.

As you can see, none of us have gotten much sleep lately. But I'm glad to say I'm back and rejuvenated. In the meantime, after doing some work on the previously mentioned script, I've come to the realization that I'm just not ready to tackle that particular storyline. I just feel that my writing just isn't to the level it needs to be to do the story justice. So, onward with a different story - one not included in the list I posted months ago.

My plan is to have a basic treatment done in a few days (by Tuesday) and a full treatment a week after that. I personally find it less stressful to do the treatment first, then the outline. How does that work for the rest of you out there? Does everything come together better for you with an outline first, or a treatment first? Index cards? Or maybe just plain writing the darned thing...

Anyway, it's good to be back.