ellisUnless we are traveling, I never write enough. And for whatever reason, I seem to love picking through how other writers work and stay unblocked.

Warren Ellis is right at the top of my favorite living writers, and this is a spot on interview about his process.

I’m Warren Ellis, and This Is How I Work.

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Another great article. It is always interesting to see how others like to work, although this is a bit of speculative architecture more than anything else. I certainly have found that changing surroundings and workspace dramatically alters my ability to work. I prefer using my laptop on the dining table, looking out the windows, instead of sitting at my desk all the time, especially for creative writing. But the desk is better for photo work, as it is darker and I can see the colors on screen better. I have a plan to start using our boat as a writing retreat over the colder months. We will see how that works.

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An excellent set of writing rules. It falls right in line with the short book on writing (which was originally an article) by Elmore Leonard. Great stuff.

Generally, write so your readers can understand. Don’t be so damn fancy.

Neat ideas on changing habits. I have been trying several things myself, not just for writing, but also for working out. Since being in a car accident, my old habits were disrupted. Then I pulled my back. And started drinking beer. I’m working around changing those habits now (Back to wine, set a daily goal for writing time and workout time, etc.)

I’m also using a daily journal at work. We will see if that might work for home as well. Habits are interesting things.

I’m a rather big fan of Warren Ellis. I also like to hear writers talk about the writing process. This is a neat short interview from Warren on Comic Writing. Follow the link.

Warren Ellis – On Writing

Below is a short piece written by Warren Ellis, a writer who has worked on novels, comics, film and much more. Originally a part of a book he was working on about writing for comics, the project was scrapped and he felt the advice was good for writers and creative types in general. There’s some good advice here, so give it a read

via First Friday Wordsmiths – Warren Ellis – On Writing.