The code

Image of Hand on Keyboard


This is an expansion of a series of phrases designed to maintain focus on the authoring process. I posted these phrases on Facebook earlier this week.

Write when you feel good

When you feel strong and are at your optimum physical and mental level, you must take advantage of your tangible and intellectual assets to produce as much work as possible.

You must do everything in your power to maintain this level by adhering to a strict diet of non dairy, gluten-free and anti-inflammatory foods. You must incorporate some form of physical exercise into your daily routine and you must avoid all alcoholic beverages and narcotics.

Write when you feel bad

You must maintain an acceptable level of production regardless of how you feel physically or emotionally.

Force yourself to write when you have a cold or the flu. Even a small amount of progress is better than nothing at all. If you are in a state of depression the act of writing will make you forget the reason you are depressed and if you are still depressed seek external help or spiritual guidance.

Write when you are wide awake

Devote every spare waking moment to writing or developing concepts to be used for future writing projects.

Write when you are half asleep

If you wake in the middle of the night and an idea, storyline or concept hits you like a freight train—write it down or hammer it out on the keyboard.

Write until you feel like a writer

Become a writing zealot and extremist by employing these methods and one morning when you are looking in the mirror you will see the face of a writer.


In 2010 I had an aortic valve replacement and single bypass. My cardiologist had been monitoring the expansion of the aortic valve for two years.

At one point he told me that if the aortic valve expanded to over 4.8 centimeters I would be in a danger zone for an aneurysm.

I came home and wrote a small block of programming code in Action Script—the programming language native to Adobe Flash Professional:

aorta.diameter=new aorta;
function reduceDiameter() {

Line one named a new variable—line two declared a function—line three set the value of the new variable—line six displayed the new variable.

I memorized and mentally recited this block of code when I would do my daily 45 minute treadmill session.

On my next visit the diameter of the aortic valve went from 4.7 centimeters to 4.6 centimeters. As a result of this incident I became a firm believer in positive affirmation and reinforcement.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s