So, I’ve written about 5 chapters now – including, funnily enough, the last chapter (which is subject to change).
Having spent time getting the story arcs sorted for each of the three novels has been a tremendous help. Also, writing character descriptions for the main characters has been very helpful.
The actual writing is going well enough, though I’d like to be a bit further along by now. How in the world do you just keep your head down and not get distracted? I’m finding anything can be a distraction, from a phone call to a piece of lint. It’s irritating.
I guess I need to just keep pushing myself and take on some of the discipline I have in my (other) professional life. This is, after all, a job like any other. Just one that requires intense periods of focus.
Let’s see how far I get by the next post.
I’m on holiday from work this week. So ideally I’d like to get some real traction. Instead I was out and about most of the day enjoying the English sun. As it’s supposed to rain for most of the rest of the week, I thought I’d enjoy it while it’s about.
I have done a bit of work on characters tonight. Tomorrow though should be a real test of how ‘stuck-in’ I can get on this project. Fingers crossed.
For me UX has always been about contact with real people in the process of collaboration, workshops, design, prototyping, testing and iteration. Which is why lately I’ve been thinking about the growing reliance UX has on tools like Axure in our day-to-day work.
I’ve been around long enough to watch UX grow from an adjunct to other people’s roles to a profession of some importance in the digital space (see my post ‘Is UX Returning to being a Multidisciplinary Role’.)
As we moved from site maps and simple sketches, to complex sketching, workshops, process flows and wireframes, specifications, prototypes and user testing our profession developed a set of tools by which we could express to the world the value of our contribution. But more importantly, it enabled us to give voice to the oft-forgotten or silent users who eventually are the benefactors of our engagement with the process.