T is for Taking Time to Think

by Mr Uku

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Last night I did my second favourite thing to do when I’m alone in the flat.

I had a bloody good think.

I thought about my many writing projects and tried to work out what I can do about them all. This was brought about by mention on Twitter of a new film called Sharknado.

In this film a large tornado tears through small town America, but this is no ordinary tornado. This funnel is full of sharks. Large, angry sharks.

Sounds like just my sort of thing and it made me think, I really should get Monkeygeddon written up properly before someone else thinks of it. So I stopped what I was doing and had a good old think.

My main problem is that I have lots of ideas for stories. Worse, I think they’re all so good that I want to be writing them all, all at the same time. Clearly this isn’t going to happen, so what can be done?

It didn’t take much thinking before I remembered Walter Gibson.

You might not know Walter Gibson but you probably know his work. Mr Gibson was a magician and writer of pulp fiction stories in the 30s and 40s. Most famously, he wrote The Shadow series of adventures. But even if you knew that, you probably don’t know just how prolific Walter was.

Walter Gibson produced over 300 pulp novels in his time as a writer. He would write two 60,000 word novels each month for two years at one stage. This was done by getting up early-ish and  writing 5000 – 10,000 words each morning. Then he would take the afternoon off to relax or maybe make a handful of notes for the next morning.

I presume he edited as he went, which is not something I would do much of. And he made things easier for himself by writing to a formula and reusing a cast of characters, but even so, that’s a pretty impressive rate of storytelling.

Anyway, the point is, Walter found a way to write a lot of stories in a short space of time. Now, I don’t think I could get up to that sort of speed anytime soon, but I know I can produce 50,000 words in a month because I’ve done it. And if I’ve done it once, I can do it again.

So my big think lead me to this conclusion: Get on with it.

And so I shall. I shall rework the plot outline for Monkeygeddon over the next day or so. I shall start a Monkeygeddon Facebook page as a sort of nag to remind myself to get on with it. And I shall write a new 1st draft of my tale of killer monkeys. And a month later, I shall do the same for another project from the ever growing pile.


Oooh look, a penny.

You can follow my progress with Monkeygeddon if you like. There is now a Facebook page for you to Like

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Wayne Kelly April 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Haha. Great post, sir. Very true – there really is no better advice than ‘just get on with it’, but you’re right that just taking a bit of time to think about what to do next and how to do it can make you a lot more productive.

Monkeygeddon sounds great by the way. I may write Cowtastrophe.


Mr Uku April 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Hi Wayne,
Can’t believe I didn’t think of Cowtastrophe myself. However, you might want to look up Isolation. An everyday tale of genetically engineered cows on the rampage 🙂


Wayne Kelly April 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Typical. Although, surprised there’s not been a sheep-based one called Ram-page.


Mr Uku April 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Ahem, I present you with, Black Sheep
You’re welcome.


Wayne Kelly April 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm
Annmarie Miles April 25, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Get that Facebook page up cos I’m very interested in… hang on did you say a penny? I lost a penny!


Mr Uku April 26, 2013 at 9:58 am

I’ve already licked teh penny, so ner.


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