Flow is the state where you are so totally immersed in and concentrated on your work that you don’t notice the passage of time. You’re aware of what you’re doing, but less aware of your surroundings and even your body, which is why although flow can be good for your creativity, it can be bad for your back. This state is described by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi* in his book Flow. Other terms for it are being on a roll or in the zone.
As we look at this item about pacing, it may sound familiar, because it is related to plot:
☐ Events flow logically in cause-and-effect relationships.
That is, each scene doesn’t just happen after the prior scene, it happens because of the prior scene.
When events flow from one to the other in a cascade of causes and effects, you have a plot that is profluent. We did discuss this idea before, especially under the organic model proposed by Steven James in his book Story Trumps Structure. Continue reading
One of the keys to managing your time and your projects is breaking large projects down into do-able tasks. Writing a book is a massive job, and if your to-do list says “write book,” that item will be there for months, mocking your inability to cross it off. But “write 323 words” is do-able. Write 323 words a day for 31 days, that’s over 10,000 words. Do that every month for a year, and you have a book. Continue reading