Chuck and Josh sit down to talk about challenging yourself and increasing your productivity.
Hosts: Josh Hayes, C. Steven Manley
00:00 Opening remarks
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-Keystroke Coffee is live!
08:30 Weekly update—Shut the Hell Up! Edition
Josh: Still working on the first Tranquility novel before it goes off to the editor at around 100-120k; the longest single book Josh has worked on. Working on a new project and attempting dictation starting out ideas and ready to attempt dictation. Started with ‘pre-work’ and became drafting.
Kevin J. Anderson’s On Being a Dictator: Using Dictation to Be a Better Writer (Million Dollar Writing Series)
Olympus recorder being used
Chuck: Working on Jack Dark #2 and avoiding COVID-19.
21:15 Main Event— LIVE! Challenging Yourself
-Chuck’s biggest hurdle is distraction and he’s cut away distraction like entertainment links, and using the Freedom App.
-Locks up the first half of the day for writing.
-Gets frustrated easily but trying to go with the flow.
-Getting caught up on chasing the latest ‘shiny’.
-Josh working on multiple projects increases his productivity as well as reading every day.
Reading Robert McKee’s Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting
-Trying to do iterative outline drafts to understand the point of a scene while writing dialogue.
-Aaron Sorkin’s scene process.
-Dictation as a great way of working out both sides of an argument.
-Reading Sgt. David Bellavia’s House to House: A Soldier’s Memoir for mining ideas and ‘feel’.
-Reading Jack Carr’s Terminal List: A Thriller
-Breaks a lot of the storytelling rules.
-Taking your ego out of the equation and figuring out what your readers want.
-Josh paneled a military science fiction for SFFCon and a podcast with Mark Lefebvre
-Feedback for creativity and productivity.
-Being motivated by a community of readers and authors.
-Ex. Chuck stopped his Storyshop podcast because of lack of ideas and feedback.
-Using a ‘virtual office’ to motivate you to write (peer pressure).
1:01:10 Closing remarks
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