In my last article I wrote about procrastination. I promised to share my way of thinking about how I am going to get out of my current writing morass. Here it is:

I am going to revisit the first framework that ever meant anything to me; the Boy Scout Law.

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The Boy Scout Law

In case you need a refresher, this is the Boy Scout Law

“A Scout is ”

  1. Trustworthy
  2. Loyal
  3. Helpful
  4. Friendly
  5. Courteous
  6. Kind
  7. Obedient
  8. Cheerful
  9. Thrifty
  10. Brave
  11. Clean
  12. Reverent

That’s it. A simple 12 points to help me get back on track. I realize this plan may not exactly be self-apparent. Allow me to explain.

As discussed last time, the reasons I stopped writing was my lack of belief that what I was doing – NaNoWriMo – would lead to anything of value. NaNoWriMo had a framework, write 50,000 words in some 30 days. The part of me that lets me write shut down not because I wasn’t producing. It shut down because I was producing crap. I was producing crap not because I didn’t have a framework – 50,000 words in a month is a framework. The issue was that I was building on a poor foundation. In the end it doesn’t matter if you are trying to build a house over a sinkhole, raise a child without a moral backing, or write. If you don’t have a good foundation, your project will fail.

Lucky for me, fixing foundation errors in writing is much easier than those in brick and mortar or flesh and blood. I want to take a little time over the next few weeks to explore each of those laws – memories of reciting them as a boy and the lessons of how they apply to me now. The writing practice will certainly help me but it is really the exploration of the total sum of ideas these words reflect that rather than the values ascribed to them by Boy Scouts that appeals to me.

Of course, as with many things I do there are a few other reasons why I am exploring these 12 notions – I’ll explain those along the way, too.

Can’t wait to get started! Hope you’ll join me!

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