Learning about the concept of Writer, Architect, Carpenter, Judge. The 4 people in the writer's mind that struggle and push and fight while in the midst of the writing process. Or, rather, my writing mentor is teaching me about it. Here is a great little essay by poet and educator Betty Sue Flowers about it.
So I've been largely the Madman, and then the Judge would tear everything apart. I have hardly used the Architect, but plenty of the Carpenter. In fact, my Carpenter is pretty good and I even edit for other writers, and they even pay me for it. Ironically, I have been trained as an architect but have quit my career to write. And now I'm pulling all that knowledge out of the cobwebbed recesses of my mind and applying it to writing, learning how to plot. In a way, learning how to be the Madman in my head first, then the Architect on paper, then the Madman but WITHIN the confines of what the Architect has sketched out, then the Carpenter, and finally, the Judge, and then the cycle begins again.
Oy. Maybe I should write a blog post about this.