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Managing to do steady work
on your idea feels as impossible as anyone ever experiencing the final, satisfying result.

Take notes. Be messy.

  • 1 day

  • OneNote (or other general notetaking/project organizing tool)

  • You know what you want to do. Write about it. Take notes. Be messy. Project the work’s connection to other work you do, or have done. Identify themes. Predict an end. What’s it look like? How does it make you feel?


Collect the material.

  • 2 days

  • Journals (or wherever scrap notes/ideas are found)

You’ve been thinking about it awhile and making notes here and there. Collect that material, wherever it might be. Bring it all into a place you can use (easy to access; fun to review) for reference


What do your favorite thinkers think?

  • 2 days

  • Web (or files, books, magazines, newsletters, art…)

Have others had this idea? What do your favorite thinkers have to say? What do other artists think about it or your themes? What do you think about what THEY think? WRITE IT DOWN.


Talk the project out.

  • 2 days

  • Outline tool of one’s choice (probably could use a designed tool)

Refer to your notes and talk the project out. Use that to make an outline first of characters, then of acts, then of scenes. Chunk it out, Linds.


Load your workspace.

  • 1 day

  • Final Draft or Word or InDesign

  • Load your workspace. Take that miserable outline work and put it in the tool you will ultimately use to craft your project. [This needs investigating in FD.]

Make the damn thing.

  • 12 days

  • Paper (or screen, if interested/capable; I doubt I am)

Make the damn thing. Feel free. Let the outline be a guide, not a drop-dead. Not a Queen’s itinerary


Look back, with sarcasm.

  • 4 days

  • Paper (or just alternate the presentation; assuming certain other edits come in Transcribe/Master)

Get a different color pen. Look back with sarcasm and a clear head. Read it out loud. Cut; add; treat.


Turn the brain "off."

  • 2 days

  • Final Draft or Word or InDesign (these’d be heavy days)

Take a “break” by putting all that work into the tool being used to craft the project. Turn the brain “off” with some drudgery. Look industrious, feel industrious. Soothe the nagging, anxious voice.


Talk to people. Talk with people.

  • 3 days

  • Journal (or wherever thoughts are kept)

  • Clearly you can’t stop thinking, so clearly your work has led you to larger thoughts that may help your later work. Record that shit. TALK TO PEOPLE. TALK WITH PEOPLE.


Relocate your intent.

  • 2 days

  • OneNote (or other general notetaking/project organizing tool)(heavy days, too, probably)

Relocate your intent. Where are you against it? Where does it fit in the related zeitgeist? What is it like? What is it NOT like? How would you sell it? WRITE IT DOWN.


Put the music to it.

  • 7 days

  • Final Draft or Word or InDesign

  • Make it look pretty. Put the music to it. Snip and tuck and take it all in. Take a break, then get back to it. Do it twice. (There’ll always be one more thing after you walk away the first time. Indulge that.)


Tell yourself how it went.

  • 2 days

  • OneNote (or other general notetaking/project organizing tool)

  • Revisit the “project” step. Now that the shit is done, what’s it look like to you? What do you want others to get? What might they like/dislike? RECORD THAT. Tell yourself how it went.

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