Subconscious – Friend or Foe?

I know my subconscious is always working in the background. It tends to show itself in the form of remembering obscure facts or names. I will try to think of something, draw a blank and an hour or so later it pops into my head. Either my internal data retrieval system is very slow or I have so much useless data in my head that the search algorithm takes some time to complete. It also is very good at helping me work through story ideas, plotting and story problems. I give some thought to whatever element is troubling me, set it process and go about my other daily tasks. Sometimes I go for a walk to really focus on the […]

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Get Published Episode 134 – Marguerite Kenner & Cast of Wonders Podcast

http://media.blubrry.com/getpublished/p/www.michellplested.com/wp-content/uploads/GetPublished/GetPublished-Episode134.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSPodcasting fiction is a legitimate and effective way to get your work in front of an entirely new audience who may or may not have heard of you. There are a number of podcasts that specialize in various literary forms that you can choose from. One such podcast is The Cast of Wonders podcast. Cast of Wonders specializes in YA fiction, a wholly underserved area of writing in my opinion. That’s why I was especially happy to have the chance to talk to Marguerite Kenner, the podcast’s editor. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say, there is a lot of goodness in our interview. I know I […]

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Resetting the Clock

In the movie Pacific Rim, after every Kaiju attack the Marshall resets the clock. The clock is counting the time until the next attack. Before you start to panic, this isn’t exactly that kind of clock reset. No, the Kaiju that afflict me are less the 500-foot monster variety and more the, holy cow I’ve got a lot of clutter. In my case, the clutter takes the form of partially thought out projects, mostly complete projects, story ideas and so on. Every once in a while it makes sense to take a step back, list everything that I’m working on and reprioritize it all. Some of it becomes my immediate priority, others further down the line and still others might […]

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