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I was just browsing some blogs during lunch, and found my way to Matt Wilson's The Dog Blog, which is not about dogs but rather about his game design work - in his role as game designer, his company is called Dog-eared Designs. He's hard at work on a new game called Galactic, and he's also revising his first game, called Primetime Adventures. My friend John is also a game designer, and also has designed a new cover for the next edition of Primetime Adventures.

Reading Matt's design blog, I thought to myself that I want to be creative. But it's rare that I actually want to create.

It's easy to dream up ideas, and I can get on a roll in discussing them with others. I even helped create a game design blog with John and TonyD, called Attacks of Opportunity (linked over on the side, there), as a place where we could do quick write-ups of the many game ideas we have but never have time to develop or play. (I haven't had any ideas to post in quite a while, but that's another issue.) But it's rare for me to sit down and do focused work to develop any ideas, save for occasional bursts of inspiration. I just don't have much drive; I'm lazy, I guess.

Perhaps I just need to make it a weekly task - of course nearly three years ago I discussed the same issue with regard to writing in this very journal, and it took me until this year to commit to writing at least once a week. And at the time I was thinking about using this journal as an outlet for creative writing, but of course it has remained a personal journal.



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Jun. 29th, 2005 12:41 am (UTC)
Well, I want to be the encouraging friend, so... how do I do that?

I know there is so much you want to do, but you've got to break your track record. Anytime you try to create a task, you are better at making excuses to not doing the task... maybe you need to get a voice recorder for your ipod. then when you are struck with a cool idea for something you can record it, then create a podcast with it... : ) or just listen to it yourself...

before you say it, I think you can turn your ipod into a recording device without spending real money. : )

get over the lazy... make it fun and keep it from being a task!
Jul. 1st, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
Re: uhm...
<< get over the lazy... make it fun and keep it from being a task! >>

Well, that's the tricky part. It's too bad I don't drink coffee and don't own a laptop, because I could go out to a coffeeshop one evening a week for an hour or two and do some writing. I suppose I could anyhow and drink hot chocolate instead, and write in a notebook. I find myself reluctant to do any serious writing in notebooks, however, because ultimately I'm going to want to work on the computer and don't want to have to retype everything. That probably falls into the "better at making excuses to not doing the task" category. :-)
Jun. 30th, 2005 06:47 am (UTC)
I fell off the Flylady bandwagon months ago (Alt_Fly is more my style), but I like the initial principles behind Flylady's philosophy. Basically, you are not behind, you just jump in whereever you are, plus you do things in small-steps. Allegedly, ittakes 21 days to create a new habit.

You've committed to writing once a week. You've committed to going to a show once a month. You can choose something else now. A month later, you can choose something different from that something else.

Are you in a hurry to become famous?

Me neither.

I would argue that industriousness is like patience-- some of us are thick with it naturally, but most of us have to pretend. (The reward of patience is NOT patience, I've discovered. The reward of patience is not having to go to jail for succumbing to road rage.)

Hey, I am taking guitar lessons this fall. You come take them with me! It'll be fun. You'll enjoy it.


Okay, you can do something else, then.

A the G
Jul. 1st, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC)
Yep. I feel the same way. Bursts of inspiration followed by long periods of nothing. I have no magic wand to recommend.

On the plus side, there are people who are interested in your creative output, whenever it happens. So you got that going for ya.
Jul. 2nd, 2005 05:02 am (UTC)
Check the link within your post regarding "Attacks of Opportunity." After you've taken care of it, you have my blessing to delete this comment.
A the G
Jul. 2nd, 2005 07:32 am (UTC)
Re: P.S.
Oops. Forgot the "http://". Good catch, thanks.
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