Alexander Langley

""Take a war to make you spend. Take a jam to make you think. Take a challenge to make you great. Rest of the time you sit around lazy, you. Pigs, you! All right, God damn you! I challenge you, me. Die or live and be great. Blow yourselves to Christ gone or come and find me, Gully Foyle, and I make you men. I make you great. I give you the stars. ” ~from The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester

Time. I'll write sometime after meditating in the morning, in two 25 minute sessions. These sessions will be finished before I sit down for my nightly meditation.

Place. As with meditation, writing requires little materially. Notebook, pencils, a timer. A quiet place. So far, the front porch works fine, as long as it's a part of the day where it's not directly in the sun. A computer will be necessary for the editing and posting part of this.

Acitivity. Those two sessions from before? One is for writing rough draft type work. Content is unimportant at this point, though I know I tend toward writing fiction, essays like this, or longer rambling philosophical musings. The only rule is that once a rough draft is started, it has to be finished, not necessarily in the same session, but finished BEFORE I start another. So future "rough draft" sessions will be spent on it till it's done. The other type of session is for editing and posting. As with rough drafts, I'll only work on editing one thing till it's done, then it will be posted up here.

This is the plan in essence. I think it's a good plan, because as long as I stick to it, I'll avoid my main problems when it comes to writing. These are, not finishing what I start, and not putting what I finish up somewhere for the world to see. The last thing is what do I do if I finish something but I still have time reserved to work? Simple, start work on the next piece of writing.

For now, this blog will be organized loosely in chronological order, that is, the posts I've written first will be at the top, so you'll get to see how my writing progresses as this experiment continues, instead of reading the most recent(and hopefully best stuff), then progressing through to my worst things... Though thinking about it, that might be a bad way to keep readers. Perhaps once I've writting more, I'll start organizing it by category or something to make navigation easier. For now my goal is to write things, then get them edited and up here. The details will work itself out later.