The Well-Red Mage: Year Three

“Time is the most valuable thing that a man can spend.” -Diogenes

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Re: “Reviews of January (2017): ‘Auditory Stimulation'”

That’s the thing with new years, no matter what you do, it’ll be the first time you’ve done it that year. With newness comes freshness and excitement but also new opportunities to both succeed and fail, yet trying new things is better than stagnation, even if newness doesn’t lead as far as you thought […]

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Anatomy of a Game Review #001: “What People Look For” is so long that I’m yet to read it. But you can find all about what it is, why it’s an important piece to read, and who my co-contributors were.

Reminder that I have a YouTube channel

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.” ―Herman Melville

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Thought this might be a good idea to remind old subscribers and inform new subscribers that I have a YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ_isrT8alNXCiTOaShhAaA.

Reviews of November (2017): the Pentakosiarch —

The leaves are dying. Branches grasping like cadaverous hands. Winter is coming… But hey! The Well-Red Mage community is here to keep you warm through all this cold! November was a busy month for us and I love it when things are busy. We hit a huge milestone (for us at least 😛 ) and we developed […]

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See you on New Year’s Eve

In cold December fragrant chaplets blow,
And heavy harvests nod beneath the snow.
Alexander Pope, “The Dunciad”

The final month of the year is finally here. I like to spend this time reflecting on what kind of a year it’s been, and thinking about the infinite opportunities that the New Year will bring. I’ll be posting a 2017 retrospective on New Year’s Eve and a 2018 anticipations list on New Year’s Day. And since I’ve been working hard all year round, blogging or otherwise, I figure that I deserve some time off.

And what better time than the year’s final month? I’ll see you again on New Year’s Eve. Merry December.

But what if I want to write spontaneously?

Being the Purple Prose Mage, I write about and in prose, as opposed to poetry (the other of the two literature techniques), but despite this, the Orange Obfuscating Mage (whom we all love) has challenged me to expand on my previous post, in-which I argued that prose writing requires planning, in order to include poetry writing. I didn’t really want to do this, but they only gave me 24 hours in-which to comply and I remember what happened to the Disagreeable Dark Blue Mage. It was an interesting challenge, but they never said that I needed to write it as a poem, only about poems. This presented a rather interesting opportunity: to write a prose piece in a day about something I don’t understand.

For accomplished hack writers, it’s a living. For professional writers, it’s a dream. Perhaps I could become a tabloid film critic at the same time. They also warned me against making something up, which I found contradictory: why should one plan a piece about spontaneity?

Their argument was that poetic prose writers can write spontaneously but still feel blocked, implying that writer’s block isn’t always caused by lack of planning or spontaneity. But then what is spontaneity? (I know that questioning the definition of something is a very cheap and lazy way to write about that thing, but stick with me.) My original post was about writing without planning, but spontaneity is merely the end result of the same psychological thought process that is used when planning.

Spontaneous writing is writing while planning at the same time, no? Do writing spontaneously and a plan not both result in a first draft, which will be rewritten? Plans are written spontaneously, because that’s how ideas work. Bypassing the planning stage to spontaneously write a first draft are creatively the same thing.

Plan writing is about getting ideas on the page, but so is spontaneous writing. If you get blocked writing spontaneously, it’s for the same reason that you would get blocked writing a plan: you can only generate so much writing at once, even if you tell yourself otherwise.