My Training as an Engineer Thus Far #ROW80 Update

My Goal: Read two chapters of Story Engineering a day until I finish it.

Test my grasp of those lessons on my WIP and short stories.

Things are still very GOOD. I’ve kept up with my reading of Story Engineering. Right now I’m in a large section breaking down character into three specific dimensions which (obviously) equal a three dimensional character. Before that, a section on idea vs. concept. There’s a big difference. Some of this stuff was in my WIP, but I had no idea. I was just writing what I thought was a good story. Now that I have these elements so clearly defined, I can pick out where I nailed it and where I need more revisions. Of course I’ll have to discuss this with quality control to be sure I’m on the right track.

On the writing front I haven’t done any, mostly because of work and other responsibilities. I’ve only had small pockets time, which I don’t like writing to because by the time I get on a roll, my time is up. The time is there, I just have to BEND IT TO MY WILL so I stay productive. My brain’s still working, which means ideas are brewing. We all know what comes after that. 

And now . . . Mandatory Reads! Everything I demand recommend you read this week.

You must, must, MUST read How My Dog Saved My Life & Found My Husband by Piper Bayard. What a story about finding purpose and a reason to live. Just make sure you’ve got your kleenex, it’ll be worth it. And since we’re talking about Piper, let me throw two other reads your way. In The Doomsday Save Piper makes a fantastic observations on all the ways we self-sabotage ourselves along with her own story on how she overcame it. Finally, if you’re in the mood for a laugh, Doomsday Humor is the place to go. Just see for yourself.

Last week controversy started with a Z. In How Writers Are Like Road Construction Workers by Zoe Winters, she talks about her laziness as a writer and comes to the conclusion that many writers, if they’re being honest with themselves, are just as lazy. As per Zoe, she pulls no punches with her opinion, which led to follow up posts to clarify her point. Check it out, don’t take it personally and ask yourself; Am I lazy?

Most of you might have read Focus On What You CAN Control by Claire Legrand, but even if I direct only one new person, I’ll be happy. The title says it all. MEGA inspiration.

Info stuff- Follow my ROW80 progress every Wednesday and Sunday and be here Tuesdays and Thursdays for new posts on me, writing, superheroes, monsters, comics and any other geeky stuff on my mind.

8 comments on “My Training as an Engineer Thus Far #ROW80 Update

  1. Hi Andrew. Isn’t it cool to read a book about writing and find out you did something right? I’m glad you’re getting some affirmation from Story Engineering as well as some tips on doing even better. You write an awesome blog so I’m not surprised you’re getting some positive inspiration on your novel.

    Thanks so much for the shout out. I’m honored. 🙂

    • I know! Back when I read Kristen Lamb’s tip about making your twitter handle your name, I was all proud of myself because I already did that.

      Thanks for the blog compliment and you’re welcome. The shout out was well deserved.

  2. I’ve moved Story Engineering to the top of my buy list! Keep the brain working!

  3. I totally feel your pain on the “small pockets of time” front. I wish I could discipline myself to be productive using just 15 minutes here and there, but I I have difficulty getting into the writing unless I know I have at least a few hours/a whole day to just go for it; I REALLY hate getting interrupted or having to go and do something else just as I’m getting into the flow.
    Also, loved the post you linked to about writers being like construction workers… So true 😀

    • I’m going to keep working at it. I may need to do more prep before I write so I don’t have to think so hard. Then I can get the most out of those little pockets.

      Glad you liked Zoe’s post!

  4. Andrew,

    Lots of writers overlook the necessity of training yourself to be a good writer, by reach good writing, and by reading good books on writing. Good for you!

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