This one’s for hardcore Whovians. (You know, the ones who go all the way back to the Russell T. Davies days.)
It’s a new Cartoon Network Series! It’s a fantasy adventure show! Created by Rebecca Sugar, formerly a major player on the ADVENTURE TIME crew! Pretty cool!
We reported a few months back that STEVEN UNIVERSE is the first time a woman has been the sole creator of a Cartoon Network show, which is still a way cool situation. After watching this Piece O’Pilot we can honestly say it looks better than ADVENTURE TIME.
But to be fair we have to point out: We hate ADVENTURE TIME.
And so it goes…
Writers have many plagues in our solitary worlds. There’s writer’s block, procrastination and upfront for this article, distractions.
Now, many of us writers are so skilled we can even use Distraction to enable our Procrastination and thus not complete an article, story, grant application or any other writing task before us. Quite an accomplishment in a negative sort of way.
But that’s probably not the best idea. We do have to get something done. Really. Freelance writers have to get their work done – hopefully on time.
So, how to deal with everyday writing Distractions? First, try to limit them. Don’t answer your phone when you’ve set your work hours. Let it take a message and return the call later. And that really does mean later. If you hear the phone ring, wait for it to take a message, then listen to it that’s kind of self-defeating.
If a cell phone, turn it off, all the way off; it can take messages while it sleeps. And you don’t have to see very text or cute message that comes through right when it does. It peppers your day and punches holes the size of those in your Swiss cheese in your writer’s work hours. It boils down to probably one of the chief reasons you can’t get anything done. It’s kind of hard to say cell phone without putting ‘damn’ in front of it. Seriously. Turn the thing off. Put it away. How obsessive are you?
New magazine just arrive in the mail? The one you love to read and view the pretty pictures? Well put it aside. No, you can’t flip through it right now. In fact why did you even visit the mail box before the end of the day? Unless you’re expecting a very important letter that’ll send your writing career to the moon resist the urge to run to the mail box. If you already have, perhaps you can glance at the new magazine at lunch? Set a definite time. Then return to work.
Beware the internet. It can be your best friend or a demon of distraction. It can be as bad as your phone or worse; larger screen. How easily have we writers all been lured off the path when researching a project and a new line of inquiry grabs us by the eyeballs?
Learn to limit your time online and how long you’ll spend researching a particular subject. And if not actual time limit if you need to do a thorough job, then subject limit. Then get off the web when you aren’t actually completing some research, sending a business email or in some way utilizing its assets for your writing. No, you can’t just wander around and enjoy the off-shoots of your research; you can do that later during your leisure time when you’re not trying to write.
Finally you must identify and admit what your particular distractions are. I might not have covered them here. There are many others beyond what I’ve written about. You might jot things that unexpectedly (or expectedly) distract you down in a notebook for a few days just to get a feel for them. Don’t get obsessive and keep this up forever, it’s just a tool. Then limit or eliminate those potential distractions from your writing day.
Another bit of advice. If you find you’ve been distracted for a while and you begin to feel guilty, don’t. Stop what you’re doing. Take a short walk away from your work station. Maybe grab a quick, healthy snack (emphasis on healthy) to bolster your energy. Then get back to your work in progress and leave the distraction behind.
You can do this and amazingly increase your productivity. Just keep yourself aware of time passing and focus on what you need to accomplish in your writing for that day. It might seem hard at first, but really it isn’t.
All right now, focus, jump off the web and turn the damn cell phone off…writers write.
Um, cuz nobody else will?
But we can’t really say that, can we? Not with TV Guide Magazine helping to throw the party:
Wouldn’t you know it? Now that it’s totally irrelevant to the Industry, TV Guide decides to start supporting writers. We’d go into the “too little, too late” thing, but that would be overkill. Oh wait, we just did…
Charlie Jane gets to the heart of the dilemma of the writing of DOCTOR WHO:
by Charlie Jane Anders
This Saturday [Actually, it's last Saturday now], we witness the end of Steven Moffat’s third season as Doctor Who showrunner. And what an ambitious run thus far: a single story, starting with the crack and leading up to the Doctor’s greatest mystery. You have to admire the boldness and cleverness of Moffat’s plan. There’s just one huge problem with all of it.
We’ve seen “The Name of the Doctor,” the episode that airs in a couple days (except for the last scene, which was left off for mega-spoiler reasons, I guess.) And… it’s not going to change anybody’s mind about Moffat’s Who. If you’ve been enjoying this season, you’ll probably enjoy “Name of the Doctor,” and if you’ve found the direction of the series a bit frustrating, then this episode, too, will frustrate you. The most surprising thing about “The Name of the Doctor” is how unsurprising it all feels — it’s exactly what you expect from Moffat, at this point.
But watching “The Name of the Doctor” also cements how much Moffat has made Doctor Whohis own, at this point, redefining the show even more than Russell T. Davies had. Moffat is remaking Doctor Who‘s mythos along his own lines, and even though fans are polarized by the results, there’s something brilliant about seeing a talented writer take a classic story and rebuild it from the ground up.
We wondered before whether Moffat has a “master plan” for Doctor Who — and by now, it’s clear he doesn’t. He does, however, have themes and preoccupations that he keeps coming back to, over and over. (The Doctor’s fame, people becoming stories, memory and forgetting,monsters that gain power from not being seen, and so on.)
And there’s one huge, glaring problem with Moffat’s approach, that makes Doctor Who smaller and less amazing. A problem, in fact, that’s endemic in a lot of heroic stories these days.
It’s all about the Doctor
Moffat’s Doctor Who is all about the Doctor and his impact on the universe. His story arcs are all about how the Doctor affects people, and the endless debate over whether his crusade to save the universe has gone too far, or turned him into an egomaniac. (And maybe, whether the Doctor has created his opponents, the same way Christopher Nolan’s Batman creates the Joker.)
The countdown above tells the story. TVWriter™’s People’s Pilot and the Spec Scriptacular Online Writing Contests close to entries in just a shade over a week, at 11:59 PM June 1, 2013.
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