Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Writer's Table

Scott William Carter, the guy who came up with the WIBBOW test (Would I Be Better Off Writing?) did a post about a metaphor he created, looking at writing/publishing activities as a table. The four legs are four activities you do as a writer, or actually any kind of creator, if you substitute art or music or whatever for writing:

Leg 1: What you write
Leg 2: How much you write
Leg 3: How much you learn
Leg 4: How you market

It's not complicated, but it's an interesting, and I think useful, way of thinking about what you want to do, how to focus, and how to balance your writing-related activities. Scott discusses each leg, how they support your work, and how it fits together. Check it out. (Scroll down a bit once you get to the page, about half way. Start at the paragraph right above the table diagram.)



Suzan Harden said...

I like Scott's table. I like it even better that he's not lecturing, "Do this! Don't do that!" As he said, we each make our own decisions of what goes into a leg. And one leg may be longer than the others at certain times.

Angie said...

Suzan -- I like that too. [nod] It's more a way of organizing your thinking about the subject than a prescriptive formula.


Charles Gramlich said...

I'll have a look.