7 Day Setting Design: Interlude

Today I stuck a pin in the challenge. Yesterday was Day 3, but Day 4 won’t come until tomorrow. There are too many other commitments on my plate, and I can’t shortchange them because of this. On top of that, I am sick, as I’ve been alluding to in the past couple of entries, and…

The 7 Day Setting Design Challenge: Day 3

As I am now mashing up all the things as part of this 7 Day Setting Design Challenge, I have begun folding elements of my meditation practice. When I sit to meditate, I get comfortable, clear my head, and concentrate. I set a timer to let me know when it’s time to come back to…

The 7 Day Setting Design Challenge: Day 2

There is a productivity method called time blocking, where instead of creating infinite to-do lists you assign specific tasks to manageable time slots. Basically, you sit down and decide that from 8:00 to 9:00 you’re going to work on this, and from 9:00 to 9:30 you’re going to work on that, and so on. I’ve…

The 7 Day Setting Design Challenge: Day 1

This is Day 1 of my 7 Day Setting Design Challenge, so I’ve decided to front-load concept work. It seems like the best approach, since I only need to write 3,000 words today, as opposed to 9,000 words at the end of the week. I’ve looked over my outline, and I’ve been skimming over my…

The 7 Day Setting Design Challenge: Prologue

There’s a book by Dean Wesley Smith called Writing a Novel in Seven Days: A Hands-On Example.  It details the challenge he presented to himself to complete the first draft of a short novel in a week. The book is taken from his blog, where he documented the process. I read it recently because I’m always…