Around the first of the New Year, I thought a lot about the goals I had for 2018, both personally and professionally. They were of the standard variety, you know: be more organized, take my yoga practice up a notch, go to bed at a “human” hour, FINISH WRITING THAT BOOK! All these are well and good, and if I’m honest I’ll likely be successful at doing them for the first few months of the year before my enthusiasm will wane and I’ll half-a– the rest of the year. Willpower can only take you so far! (The Frog and Toad story “Cookies” comes to mind when I hear the word willpower). Continue reading
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You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.
Today is November 1, the first day of National Novel Writing Month. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a novel in a month, but really it’s to learn how to write faster and train yourself to be a more productive writer. Give it a try: https://nanowrimo.org/
Over the past year, I have renovated three rooms and painted nearly all the walls in my home. I drew inspiration from the “visual discovery” platform Pinterest for paint colors, design ideas, organization tips, storage options, DIY projects and countless other concepts to spark my creativity. So, it isn’t surprising that I turn to Pinterest for valuable resources as a writer, as well. Continue reading →
At the beginning of the summer, I vowed to “see the joy” in writing wherever I could. As I had hoped, I found it everywhere – in unexpected places and at surprising times. I kept a journal of my findings and now share some of it with you in the hope that it will inspire you to find joy within your writing life, as well. Enjoy. Continue reading →
In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell popularized the 10,000 hour rule, which states that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to master a skill. This notion is both encouraging and discouraging. It’s encouraging because it means if I practice, I can become good. It has inspired me to dedicate time to my craft and consciously cultivate the skills I lack. It’s discouraging when I consider how long 10,000 take to rack up when I squeeze writing time into 15-30 minute increments. This is going to take a while.
Then I heard a TED Talk by Josh Kaufman, and he introduced me to the 20-hour rule. In it, he argues that, while it might take 10,000 hours to master a skill, 20 hours of deliberate practice can make you decent at most things. Continue reading →