Mission Monday

Mission Monday 2.0 – Character Sketches

In the past, I have really struggled with outlining and planning for longer stories. I’m not sure if this is why I’ve never finished one or if it’s just a coincidence. Part of the reason I got an ipad was to have a better medium to do these kinds of things in besides a typical word processor. So far I haven’t even really tried anything.

I thought a good way to start getting into the habit of outlining and planning would be to begin small with character sketches of important players in a story.  For the next couple Mission Monday’s I’ll be looking into different ways to do character sketches and figure out which works the best covering a variety of parameters. Let’s make this a little more official and give scores! I’ll rate my personal preference for ease of creating, ease of reading, visuals, time to create, and fun! (Maybe more if I think of any or get any suggestions)

I intend to try just a normal word processor, Scrivener, yWriter, PowerPoint, a PDF annotating app for iPad, and hopefully another method or two as well!

What do you do for outlining or character sketches?

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Mission Monday 1.3 – Discovering the Ideal Writing Location

There’s bad news. I’ve only gone to Starbucks since the last Mission Monday… Let’s take a look at why.

To get to my favorite little cafe I would have to walk this far (Dark green to café, then light green to work):










Work is the red W, so you can see why that’s a little bit out of the way, especially in the deathly cold and windy mornings we’ve been having lately (t’s actually even one more block to the left but I ran out of room…). I still hold onto the fact that I’ll will become a regular there once it gets warmer!

Now let’s compare to how long it takes me to get to Starbucks (Dark green to Starbucks, then light green to work):










Yeah, it’s literally in the building I park at… Which is especially convenient, especially on days I need to go in to work early, like today. Speaking of which! It only took me 40 minutes to get from my house to parked in Boston! For those of you who don’t know anything about Boston morning commutes, “that’s the dream.” The key is getting on the pike by 6:00 at the latest. Then there’s no traffic! Even 10 minutes later and it’ll basically be the end of the world.

But anywho.. Back to the topic at hand. I think I pretty much have my morning writing locations picked out. On early days (or the winter) I will go to Starbucks, and every other day I will go to MY cafe. Yes it’s mine. 🙂

In other news, next week there will be a new Mission to explore! Hooray!



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Mission Monday 1.2 – Discovering the Ideal Writing Location

I tried TWO (hell yes!) NEW places this week! But we’ll get to that eventually. First…….

I’m discovering there are many things that make a good writing location, but there are even more things that make a poor writing location and as soon as EVEN JUST ONE exists it’s difficult to get work done.

Here’s my list of top  FIVE things that make it hard for me to hunker down and write nonstop somewhere (essentially obliterating that location for all of time…): Continue reading

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Mission Monday 1.1 – Discovering the Ideal Writing Location

My quest to find the ideal writing location has been going for about one week. In that one week, my intended journey to several cafes pre-work has gone slightly differently off-book. Instead of visiting multiple, I have visited one cafe three times! In fact, I’m there now. I even have my own corner table because I arrive right when it opens…

I know, I know… I still need to visit many more places to truly learn anything. And it’ll happen… Eventually… It’s not my fault really. It’s all the mocha latte’s fault, blame that! It’s the best coffee I’ve ever had! I accidentally ordered one because I have no freaking clue how to order real coffee… All I know how to say at a coffee shop is “medium iced caramel swirl, cream only, extra caramel.” And even that I struggle to say unless I’m talking into the little brown box at Dunkin Donuts.

But let’s face it. Finding the ideal writing locations isn’t only about the coffee.

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