Happy Tuesday morning. Or Welcome to Dark Tuesday, if you’re a World of Warcraft player. Today is usually maintenance day and the game is offline for several hours while Blizzard does their touch up tasks. Time for those players who are greatly addicted to the game to do their wash, take a shower and shampoo, clean their bathrooms, call their mommies, etc.
Today I want to get started writing about my 48 hour film school course. (I also need to start doing the course.) I have enough gear (lacking studio lights) to get started and I haven’t. I still haven’t come up with a product nor a give away even after all these months (Years?) and have been using that as an excuse for not doing a lot of things.
I believe that to be successful in getting started in this project, I need to define a product. What do I have to offer that could be that product? I believe that my knowledge of WordPress, Genesis Framework and the child theme, Dynamik would be a good focus. I could create a give away of a document that shows how to set up and configure a basic website.
The giveaway could be a PDF document or a screencast. This could include getting a domain name and a web host, connecting them via nameservers whose addresses come from the host, creating a subdomain or an addon domain on the host, installing and configuring WordPress, then installing Genesis Framework and Dynamik.
After showing them how to get things set up, I could then create a product that shows the method of creating a website using these tools that are in place and ready to go.
I documented the first process already. It needs some cleaning up and bells and whistles but all the detail is there.
I now need a website project to use as the model for the second process. I’m working with friend and mentor, Jan on a rewrite of her website. Bob has indicated that he and I may work together on a website for his emerging project ideas. I could use Mining My Mind, my just started website as an example and then there’s always the possibilities of creating an anonymous website. As a matter of fact, I like Mining My Mind because it’s my creation and I don’t mind it if gets negative or positive attention.
MiningMyMind.com is an example of a writer’s platform. It is a log of the creation of a book and the writing process involved therein. So far, I only have content in a section weirdly labeled as “Writer’s Block” which contains 5 or 6 submenus, each linking to a writing prompt and my interpretation of it.
Thinking: Could this website be the writer’s platform for this project?
NOTE: Need a name for this project. Got to make it real. I guess since it is my project and it will be the only writing project for awhile, I could call it one of those really obvious and unremarkable names like “My Writing Project” or MWP for short. Yep, MWP it is.
Larry Brooks and other of my influences are big on outlines. So, I need to create two outlines for my two products – my give away and my premium thingees.
Thinking: Is an outline the first step in the writing process? I’m not sure. I like doodling around on a piece of printer paper placed in landscape mode on my drawing surface and creating sort of a mind map. An outline can come from that. But, wait…isn’t a mind map a visual outline? It is but it is difficult to include a mind map inside a textual document. But, I have a mind mapping application that can use the existing visual map to create a textual outline or even a web page. The one I use is called iMindMap but there are several digital mind map generators.
Maybe I should outline this process I’m presently describing. So that would be at least 3 outlines (or mind maps). My problem always seems to be a matter of technique rather than of process. How to do I do this? Where do I store it? How do I retrieve it? So many details bug me. Why can’t I adhere to the keep it simple, stupid advice? KISS it, Lindsey.
I bought a book on outlining, for goodness sakes! I think that all the students of my generation learned how to create an outline using pencil and paper and numbering the major topics with capital Roman numerals (I, II, III, IV) and subtopics with smaller Roman numbers (i, ii, iii, iv). That was, and is, simple. DO IT!
So, for today I will create at least one outline on a piece of printer paper that shows what I need to do to start the MWP (my writing project, remember?) I will scan and include that early outline (mind map) in tomorrow’s blog for posterity.
About this session: Today I began writing at 5:45am and wrote continuously within the 750words.com interface and stayed pretty much on topic for about half an hour with 919 words. The process was about getting ideas from my head into some kind of physical display. The desired outcome will be initially a physical hand drawn mindmap leading to a digital outline or perhaps a digital mind map that can be incorporated into my Exploring New Media blog.
Total 750words.com words since September 8, 2013 are 275,331
Music for today is on Spotify and may be found under the title “Study Music Academy”.