Write first thing in the morning.
Write last thing at night.
Carve out big chunks of time for writing.
Learn to write in 15-minute increments over lunch.
Learn to write 10,000 words a day.
Don’t end a writing session until you’ve written 1,000 words.
Write every day, every week, every weekend.
Set aside one weekend a month and write in a flaming frenzy.
If you’ve been writing for more than a hot second, you’ve heard some if not all of these words of wisdom. They are all true. Completely, utterly, 100 % true. They are also pure bullshit.
No, I haven’t been drinking. (Well, not enough to cause concern.) The reason all of those statements can exist at the same time without interrupting the space-time continuum is that they each come with a caveat: if it works for you. Continue reading
A master of change himself, David Bowie sang about ch-ch-ch-ch-changes way back in 1971.
A few months ago, after we’d all realized the world had changed and turned our eyes toward the hellfires of Mordor, Michaeline and I got into a discussion about change in the comments section of this post about writing as our superpower. She mentioned she’d put a tarot card app on her phone and ‘change’ cards kept popping up. Around the same time, I’d had a tarot reading (I was in Salem, MA; it seemed appropriate to do something ‘other-worldly’) during which I’d gotten three change cards (which I gathered from the tarot reader was a lot).
The card reader told me so much change so fast would be…unsettling might have been the least disturbing word bandied about, and warned me I wouldn’t be able to control ALL THE CHANGES. I should learn to change and control what I could and learn to adapt to the rest. Which is definitely a life lesson I seem to need to learn over and over again.
Luckily for me (she said sardonically), Continue reading
How much control do you have over your writing, or reading, or work time? Is there anything you can do to make a better environment for yourself?
We live in a world of constant interruption. These days I work from home, and my environment should be more controllable than it was when I worked in an office, but in truth the flow of people popping their head into my office has been replaced by the ping and pop-up notification of emails, texts and messages, phone calls on my mobile and land-line, doorstep callers, and over the last four months, a team of builders re-decorating the house. Continue reading