ALONE with your writing.

My wife and I have been spending the weekend binge watching the History Channel show "ALONE". In Alone 10 people are dropped off in the wilderness of Vancouver Island with no one else. Just cameras that they set up and operate themselves. They are allotted with a life jacket, satellite phone and 10 survival items of their choosing. The goal is to be the last one to not give up or "tap out". The winner gets a $500,000 grand prize. The show is fascinating to me for numerous reasons. 1. I could never, ever, ever,, ever survive out there.  NO way dude.  I'd be out as soon as I realize that there is no pizza. 2. The emotional roller coaster that the stranded people go through. NFL Super Bowl excitement over a dead mouse! Then eating dead mouse like a buffet from Las Vegas!  3. The creativity that they have to use to survive is much respected. Take Jose, from Spain. He made a profound statement that applies to all writers and life.  He said "Out here I always have plan B, then C and plan D." When it comes to your stories or characters be prepared. Plan A may not work. Plan B may not work. Plan C may prove not worthy.  On one of my stories I am on Plan R it seems like! Don't give up! Maybe when you finally hit that right note and "survive" this story you will get that $500,000! At least you can write in the comfort of your own home! 

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James Arthur

A children's picture book writer who lives in Texas with his wife and daughter. James lived in Taiwan for two years where he taught English and wrote stories for an international children's magazine.


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