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March 2015



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TGR, Gutenberg, Rubric

The Five S Method

When you read this and see that there aren't five "S"es, don't blame me. I just read an article on Application Development that talked about this. When I actually read the five bullets, they made just as much sense in the area of fiction (or any other) writing. In fact, I'll be applying them to a couple non-fiction strategy papers I'm currently writing at work. Here is the core of the Five S Method.
1. Remove the unrelated
2. Arrange the useful
3. Discard the distracting or dangerous
4. Standardize the proper practice
5. Systematize the overall process
You can tell that some authors really apply this method to a fault. Read all four of Dan Brown's books and you will be able to predict every page of his next book. But as we approach NaNoWriMo, this is a great bit to keep in mind. When you get down to Standardizing the practice and Systematizing the process, think in terms of how you plan to write in November. Will you set a specific time and place to write so that your mind automatically shifts into gear when you sit in that place at that time? Will you have a series of warm-ups that you'll go through before you launch into your actual word-count? How often will you Save? Backup? What goals will you set for yourself on a daily/weekly basis? What will you do when nothing is going right? How will you break writer's block? Where will your next idea come from?
These are all some of the questions that you can answer in advance of November 1. Then when you sit down to write, measure your phrases by the first three methods (especially those of you who expect to publish your results).
Well, I just read this and was inspired to share it/sermonize on it a little. Hope it is useful.