Seinfeld on productivity

Copyblogger posted a link to a great article detailing Jerry Seinfeld’s advice on how to make yourself write every day. It’s simple and sounds addictive (never mind effective). All you need to do is buy one of those year-to-view calendars to stick on the wall. Every day that you write, you put a big red cross through the box. The idea is to form a continuous chain of crosses, and to not break the chain.

Prada’s writing contest

Iconic fashion label Prada has launched a writing competition. I know, odd right? Anyway, the competition is asking writers to answer the question:

“What are the realities that our eyes give back to us? And how are these realities filtered through lenses?”

Personally, I think it sounds more like a philosophy essay question than a topic for a narrative work, but I’m sure there are many people out there that could have a good go at writing the four to eight thousand words of fiction required. The contest is open until 18th June.

Got game?

When I think of gaming, the last thing I think about is that someone, somewhere wrote the story that the player experiences. I’ve never played any game in the Assassin’s Creed series, but gamespot’s interview with the writer gives great insight into the process and its constraints.

The writer wanting the game to show a single tear running down a character’s cheek, but the developers telling him that it would take them eight weeks to make that single tear, demonstrates the restrictions that game writers have to work with. I don’t know about you, but it makes me appreciate the freedom novel writing provides.

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