#amwriting dir en grey list motivation music

Equation: Music + Writing = Focus

Since I have been working on essays lately (for graduate school applications), I have found myself only able to focus when I listen to certain albums on my iTunes. In general, these albums are all-around good for writing of any sort (my novels, short stories, and essays):

1) Dir en grey – Withering to death.
2) Dir en grey – UROBOROS
3) Dir en grey – VULGAR
4) Lady GaGa – The Fame
5) Drip – Identity Theft
6) La Roux – La Roux

I’m most able to concentrate and get my work done with Dir en grey albums, though. I can’t quite explain it, but I’m under the impression that there’s some sort of algorithm that they use in their album track lists to make people zone in (or zone out). I’ve found that the three albums listed above have served best in my writing endeavors, though.

For the longest time, I thought I could only focus on writing/doing work with classical music on. Guess I was wrong!

Inner Editor motivation NaNoWriMo Novel 2

Flipping through Novel 2 & Anticipating NaNoWriMo 2009.

As the saying goes, “Better late than never.”

After putting off any progress related to my later works, i.e., Novels 2 & 3, I finally got around to printing out the first draft manuscript of Dark Prayer’s Song aka Novel 2. I’m currently in the midst of reading the entire manuscript to refresh my memory on what the novel is about. It’s been hard trying not to let my Inner Editor come out and say “Man, this piece is not so great.” It took me roughly 10 months to finish that novel, mainly because I went through a big block during the middle of 2008 (I began writing the novel last January). There were a lot of tumultuous things going on in my personal life at that point anyway; once NaNoWriMo 2008 rolled around, though, I re-gained my inspiration again to finish up that novel. Writing “The End” to a manuscript is always a big accomplishment.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo: although it’s still four months away, I’m already feeling excited for this year’s event. It’ll be my fifth novel to write, and, well, who knows where this one will take me? With all my novel projects so far, I have been trying to dive into different genres to feel out my writing voice. They’re all experiments, as beautiful (and sometimes ugly) they may be. In the end, there’s no real regret for any of the projects; they’ve all been good learning experiences. I’ll write on-the-fly again this year with NaNoWriMo; it’s better that way for me anyway. Although I’m usually known to be one who makes lists/plans a lot, when it comes to writing, I just want to write and let it flow instead of pre-judging/overanalyzing how I’m going to go about it.

Really, just write; that’s all there is to it.

Business Musings Donny Deutsch Entrepreneurial Journey motivation television

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Been watching a lot of Donny Deutsch lately. I just realized I had been spelling his name wrong for the past week or so. Anyway, watching his show has made me feel really restless and motivated to get up and do something. I am considering starting up a business on my own. Who knows what will happen?

Well, I’ll let this feeling sink in overnight and see if I feel the same in the morning.