January 16th, 2020 – 477

My new routine of ‘write first thing between work jobs’ is working great. It’s becoming second nature that 09:00 – 10:00 is writing mixed with email sorting and dispatch. 1K has become a pretty great warm-up activity for the day. My confidence for tacking gnarled and forboding tasks goes up in spades – is that the phrase? I don’t know. It is! Comes from Bridge where ‘in spades’ is synonymous with abundance. About the only area I’m less happy with right now is actually my bullet journal.

Let me clarify, the journal itself is great, 1,000%. 1K%. Heh. The issue is I don’t add entries into the journal itself in the evening at the moment. Instead, I do it the next day based on my “Idle Thoughts” Trello queue. That does work, and there is no actual problem with this approach. I do feel a bit bad for not doing entries on the day though. For ‘Light out at X’ though using my Google Assistant as a capture tool makes far more sense than writing blind.

So as you might have guessed from the above, I have hit target. What I’m trying to do more – which all writers need to do more when they’re starting out like I am – is use evocative language. In specific, I mean instead of descriptions. The old addage ‘Show don’t Tell’ is a flawed shorthand that glosses over how at times, telling is better. But I still do too much of it. I have a literal brain that likes to detail scenes,. While that’s helping me do more window-dressing, I need to evoke feeling more often.

When I get a chance, I need to comb over all my stories – including TUS – and revamp again to ‘evoke more, tell less’. That’s the actual rule, not the absolute ‘don’t’ of the more traditional advice. It’s funny that you hear that ‘rule’ tossed around so much, yet when you study, read, do courses, you see telling all the time. And it works. If anything, evocation is the part to use with care, but in such a way that it becomes the memorable part. Can’t build a house without scaffolding.

Or, you can, I think. I’m not a builder don’t ask me.