Le paradoxe de la dactylo

Je n’ai jamais appris à taper correctement sur un clavier. Même si j’écris tous les jours, je n’utilise que 6 de mes 10 doigts.

Apprendre à dactylographier est un véritable atout pour un écrivain .

Cela signifie :

  • travailler plus vite
  • produire des premiers jets plus propres
  • moins de frustration lorsqu’on relit ce qu’on a écrit la veille
  • moins de correction, plus de temps pour le travail editorial
  • pourvoir dire à son critique interne d’aller se faire voir
  • une procrastination plus fun , on fait des scores de malades au jeux en ligne de dactylo.

Il y a cependant un paradoxe. Je n’ai pas le temps d’apprendre la dactylographie parce que cela signifie que je dois m’engager à ne taper qu’avec la nouvelle méthode.

Plus de temps pour traiter les mails, plus de temps passer à taper, plus de temps, plus de temps, plus de temps… pour trois semaines au minimum afin de bâtir la mémoire musculaire de base.

Trois semaines dans un monde dirigé par les communications informatiques, c’est une éternité.

C’est au moins 45 articles pour le blog et leur traduction.

Aujourd’hui, un article complet me prend une heure.

je sais, pour avoir déjà essayer de le faire que cela me prendra au moins 3 fois plus de temps si j’essaie de le taper de la manière correcte.

C’est 90 heures ajoutées.

Cela fait presque un NaNo et demi pour moi (75000 mots).

les jours ne s’allongent pas et je suis humaine : je n’ai pas l’éternité devant moi.

Alors je continuerai à taper mal et pas très vite.

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This post is an answer to today prompt on the Daily Post : Lazy Learners

The Typing Paradox

I never learned proper typing. Even if I write and type everyday, I only use six of my ten fingers.

Learning to type properly is a real asset for a writer :

  • It means working faster.
  • It means cleaner drafts.
  • It means less frustration when I’ll read what I wrote the day before.
  • It means less corrections, more time for editorial work.
  • It also means the ability to tell your inner editor to f*** off pretty quickly.
  • It means also funnier procrastination with killer scores at typing video games.

But he paradox is here. I do not have the time to learn properly because learning properly means committing yourself  the new method.
So it means more time to deal with mails, more time spent typing more time, more time, more time… for three weeks at least in order to build basic muscular memory.

And three weeks in a world ruled by computer communications, that’s eternity.

That’s at least 45 articles with their translation.

Today, one complete article takes me at least an hour.

I know -for I have already tried -that it takes me at least 3x times longer while working on them and trying to type properly.

That’s 90 hours added.

That’s almost a NaNo and a half for me (ie 75 000 word).

Days won’t stretch and I am only human : I do not have eternity in front of me.

So I’ll keep on typing badly.

 

 

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This post is an answer to today prompt on the Daily Post : Lazy Learners

[ Writing 101] Notre corps, carte de nos émotions

Dans un article recent, le site internet du Figaro a mentionné un article paru dans proceedings of he National Academy of Science intitulé une carte corporelles de nos émotions.

Il démontrer comment les émotions influencent la température et l’activité de certaines zones de notre corps.

Le papier explique également que ces réactions ont été testées sur des groupes d’origines et de cultures différentes et que les résultats ont été homogènes dans tous les groupes. Ils semblent donc universaux.

Le papier confirme que les émotions positives engendrent de la chaleur dans l’ensemble du corps et accélèrent le métabolisme alors que les émotions négatives concentrent la chaleur dans des périmètres plus restreints et ralentissent l’activité du métabolisme.

Quelle mine d’or pour nous écrivains !

La science nous fournit une carte physique des émotions et décrit même les symptômes qui les accompagnent.

Cela rend nos recherches plus faciles et en même temps plus vastes.
Plus faciles car nous avons maintenant un manuel pour décrire les émotions d’un point de vue interne.

Plus vastes car cela ouvre de nombreuses possibilités sur le plan narratif. Et si cette découverte était utilisée pour espionner les gens ? Et si la carte des émotions était truquée pour couvrir un mensonge ?

 

Voici le lien vers l’article du Figaro: http://sante.lefigaro.fr/actualite/2014/01/06/21819-premiere-carte-corporelle-emotions

Voici le lien vers l’article scientifique paru dans PNAS n°111.

[ Writing 101] Our body : The Map of Our Emotions

In a recent article French newspaper Le Figaro mentioned a scientific paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science entitled Bodily maps of our emotions.

It shows  how emotions influence the temperature and the activity of various zones in our body.

The paper also explains that these reactions have been tested with groups of different culture and background, and that the results were consistent in all groups.

These results seem to be universal.

It confirmed that positive emotions spread warmth in our body and activates the metabolism while negative emotions seems to detain warmth in smaller perimeters and slow the activity of the metabolism.

What a goldmine for us writers !

Science is providing us with a physical map of our emotions and describing the symptoms both positive and negative.

 

That makes our researches both easier and wider.
Easier because we literally have a manual of how to describe emotions from an internal point of view. Wider because it opens so many possibilities on a narrative level. What if this discovery was used to spy on people ? What if it was hacked to enforce a lie ?

 

Here the link to the article published in Le Figaro: http://sante.lefigaro.fr/actualite/2014/01/06/21819-premiere-carte-corporelle-emotions

Here the link to the scientific paper in PNAS

Wednesday Writers Quote : Elizabeth Gilbert

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C’est une des leçons les plus importantes que j’ai lu au cours de mon périple créatif. Si vos souhaitez que votre projet compte, finissez-le. Si vous voulez partager votre histoire, écrivez là jusqu’à la fin.

Votre critique interne vous poussera à fignoler votre premier chapitre avant de passer au suivant. Ne l’écoutez pas. pardonnez-vous de ne pas avoir écrit  parfaitement votre premier jet et écrivez le reste de votre histoire jusqu’à son point final.

Profitez-en pour apprendre une chose ou deux pendant ce processus, donner une fin satisfaisante à vos lecteurs.

Cet post est une réponse à Writers Quote Wednesday, un événement organisée par la géniale Coleen Chesebro du blog Silver Threading.

Vous trouverez ci dessous le lien vers une vidéo d’Elizabeth Gilbert qui parle de son dernier livre Big Magic sur al chaine Youtube Marie TV.

Wednesday Writers Quote : Elizabeth Gilbert

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Again, one of the biggest lessons I have learned on my creative journey. If you want it to count, finish it. If you want to share your story, write it down to its end.

Your inner editor will urge you to polish that first chapter before moving on to the next. Don’t listen to him. Forgive yourself for not coming up with perfect writing the first time around and write the rest of the story till its final word.

And take a cue from the process while doing it,  provide your readers with a satisfying ending.

This post is an answer to Writers Quote Wednesday, an event organized by  the great Colleen Chesebro for on her blog Silver Threading.

Below, you’ll find a video of Elizabeth Gilbert’s appearance on You tube Channel Marie TV about her book Big Magic.

Mint stuffed chocolate toffee

Gia climbed the steps up to Jack’s workshop. She helped herself in as she knew he would not her her knock. Just at the right of the door, Jack’s bed was perfectly put, his clean clothes neatly folded on his faux Louis XV chair, his pictures frames aligned on his night stand.

She turned her head, pushing back her hair on her shoulders and put two fingers in her mouth. She did whistle loud and clear enough to make Jack turn off his soldering Iron. Sparkles dropped on the floor and he raised his mask on top of his head.

“What do you want ?”

“An envelope arrived for you.”

“Put it on my bed before leaving please.”

Gia hesitated

“It’s got an indian stamp.”

Jack breathed in loudly, slammed his mask down and resumed smoldering.

Sparkles flew again and Gia saw the magic in his work but she also saw the furtive monster of denial spreading his shadow on Jack’s energy. She walked a little farther into the workshop and knocked a pipe with a carbon tube she found on the floor.

“Do you have any idea how much that costs ?” Jack yelled in his mask.

“I know a spoiled brat when I see one. Pricy gadgets and a cool attitude don’t make up for snubbing the opportunity of meeting with your family. You’re lame Rutherford.”

Jack stopped had stopped his work. He slowly took off his helmet, turned of his gear and stood up. He walk slowly toward Gia, head down, brows united.

“ You killed your families, both genetic and adoptive. What do you know about family ties ?”

Gia swallowed her need to punch him in the face, tried to remember why she was trying to help this man despite his prejudices against her and kept looking straight in his eyes.

“If I had an uncle fond of Nehru Jackets who had disappeared when I was six, I’d do anything to find him and try to make the good times happen again.”
Gia took her breath and added “Especially if I received a letter from India.”

Jack walked toward his bed and took the framed picture of his uncle in his hands as Gia dropped the letter on his bed walked trough the door. Andrew did wear a green jacket with a mandarin collar and he did mention the lack of a proper indian tailor in the city.

“It was my parents.”

Gia paused on the top stair.

“They disappeared when I was six. Andy disappeared last year.”

“Then, what don’t you go and give the six years old boy the happy ending he deserves ?”

Gia rushed down  the stairways only followed by the light noise of her steps.

“They don’t make mint stuffed chocolate toffee anymore” Jack answered.

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This post is an answer to today’s prompt on the Daily Post : Life’s a candystore.

Top 4 : Exercices de développement de personnages

 

Nous connaissons tous les fiches de personnages, on peut en trouver de nombreuses versions sur Internet. Courtes ou longues, elles vous garantissent de développer des personnages avec de multiples facettes, dans me moindre détail.

Si c’est une bonne méthode pour commencer de développer une histoire, je pense que, souvent, ce n’est pas suffisant pour créer une véritable connection avec mes personnages principaux et leur offrir l’histoire intéressante qu’ils méritent.

Je vous propose aujourd’hui 4 exercices qui m’aident beaucoup à trouver la voix de chacun de mes personnages et à entrer dans leur tête.


dreamcatcherLe rêve
 :  J’essaie de savoir à quoi ils rêvent, ce qu’ils veulent plus que tout, ce qui leur donnera l’énergie de se lever et de se battre. Ce rêve est la clé de l’histoire, ce qui leur donnera la motivation pour agir et se mettre en danger. Cela doit être quelque chose d’assez puissant et d’universel pour intriguer les lecteurs et les motiver à lire l’histoire jusqu’à la fin. Cherchez l’émotion la plus intense et la plus sincère qui soit.

 

9355090806_80b6faabc7_cL’interview, le journal :  Je me mets dans la peau d’un journalistes et je pose des questions à mes personnages. J’écris leurs réponses dans un fichier word. Des surprises et des revirements intéressants apparaissent lorsque je suis assez détendue pour écouter la voix de mes personnages. De cette manière, ils me donnent beaucoup d’éléments.

 


doll-499003_1280Writing a letter :
They spoke to me, now It’s time I spoke to them, hence the letter. I tell them everything I intend to give them in the story. Think of it like a job application letter in which you tell your future boss what’ll you’ll do for him. Thinking of your main characters as real persons with a potential  interest to appear in your story will help you treat them better, offer them nice entrances in the text, nice exit if need might be, beautiful scenes. Be eloquent enough to get the job.

 


free writingFree writing : Once I have done all the 3 previous steps, I start writing scenes with my character and others from the same story. It helps me define their dynamic and narrow down their speech pattern : long or short sentences…imperative ? descriptive ? How do they move, how do they talk.

This is  my learning curve, the warm up before jumping in the manuscript. I have written many of these little snippets of texts over the last two months in order to prepare for NaNoWriMo.

 

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This post is an answer to today’s assignment in Writing 101 course : Mine your own material. I was inspired by my post Dear villain in my novel

Top 4 : My favorite Character design exercises

 

We all know character sheets, you can find many of them on the internet. Short or long, they guarantee you to build full fletched multi layered characters by developing all the details of their lives.
While it is a good start when developing a new story,  I think it’s often not enough to connect with all my main characters and offer them the interesting story they deserve.

Here are 4 exercises I do during the character design phase that help me connect with my characters and find their voices.

 


dreamcatcherThe dream :
I try to find out what they want, what they dream about, what will give them the energy to rise and fight for what they want or believe. That dream is the key the story, what will give them motivation to act and put themselves in danger. It has to be something powerful and universal enough to intrigue and engage the reader.

 

9355090806_80b6faabc7_cVoice Diary/ The interview : I ask questions to my characters and write down their answers in a word file.Surprises and interesting twists happen. When I’m relaxed enough I just “listen” to the character’s voice. This way, you character will tell you a lot of things.

 


doll-499003_1280Writing a letter :
They spoke to me, now It’s time I spoke to them, hence the letter. I tell them everything I intend to give them in the story. Think of it like a job application letter in which you tell your future boss what’ll you’ll do for him. Thinking of your main characters as real persons with a potential  interest to appear in your story will help you treat them better, offer them nice entrances in the text, nice exit if need might be, beautiful scenes. Be eloquent enough to get the job.

 


free writingFree writing : Once I have done all the 3 previous steps, I start writing scenes with my character and others from the same story. It helps me define their dynamic and narrow down their speech pattern : long or short sentences…imperative ? descriptive ?How do they move, how do they talk.

This is  my learning curve, the warm up before jumping in the manuscript. I have written many of these little snippets of texts over the last two months in order to prepare for NaNoWriMo.

 

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This post is an answer to today’s assignment in Writing 101 course : Mine your own material. I was inspired by my post Dear villain in my novel

Lucky Girl

In response to today’s prompt on the Daily Post : Yin to my Yang. How do you define the term “soulmate,” and do you believe in the existence of such a person — for you ?

  • My husband ❤

Next question 😀