Oh, sure, I should be churning out words by the hundreds.
That will have to wait till I share four ‘sure thing’ predictions on the upcoming tournament games.
Feel free to bask in my profound insights and flawless research…
In my last post, I linked to Chris Gayomali’s piece on mentalfloss.com on four benefits of writing by hand.
Further research generated this interesting post on littlethings.com:
by Johanna Silver
Writing by hand:
- taps into both sides of the brain.
- enhances our focus. There are no links to click or ads popping up.
- eases anxiety. Get those frustrations down on paper!
- increases comprehension. Research backs up this observation.
— Keep a box labeled for each project. Toss everything in the box, and don’t worry about misplacing things or ideas.
from Amy Ng of Pikaland
— Choose just one creative aim for the day. What one creative project can you begin/continue/finish today?
from Dan Goodwin’s Wakeful Ways at A Big Creative Yes
— Think on paper. With a bunch of loose paper, start jotting ideas down. Here are four benefits of writing by hand.
from Jacob Cass at Just Creative Design
What the hey?! Even though they have backyards for convenient placement of those unsightly beasts-on-wheels, since when did homeowners find it attractive to leave their trash/recycling/yard waste barrels out for weeks on end? [Yeah, sounds ‘get off my lawn-ish’, doesn’t it?]
Which logically leads to my concerns about fortune cookies…
The other night, I had three of them lined up for late night consumption with [product placement alert!] Yogi ginger tea. Could I enjoy them? Nope. Haunted by the following…
- Is it bad juju to break and eat the cookie before reading the fortune?
- Am I doomed if the cookie breaks before I even remove it from the wrapper?
- Does the exact opposite fate await me if I break protocol?
- Worse yet, is it bad form to eat all three cookies and then read all three fortunes?
- And should I read them in the same order as the order in which I ate the cookies?
- Is there a proper technique to break open the cookie?
And speaking of questionable juju…
In Hallmark Channel’s Garage Sale Mysteries, Lori Laughlin has a daughter attending college. Did that fictional daughter also get accepted based on false pretenses?
I should be writing. Instead, I’m making waffles—four types: plain, raisin, cranberry/walnut, cheese/walnut.
It’s a Saturday, so, I guess that gives me license to procrastinate.
But I have found one thing: If I don’t have the need to report into the 500-Word-a-Day Facebook group, I don’t do the 500 words. I still work on my projects, but there is something about the self-imposed ’obligation’ to write that gets the juices flowing and, once the warmup words are spewed, often results in better work later in the day. Some of the words are spent on planning for projects, some are directed towards project pep talks [i.e. verbal butt-kickings], and some are sent to blog posts [lucky you]. And it does feel good to report in to the ‘500 Group’ , as I call it.
Why did I take the break from the FB group?
I just figured they had better things to do than even to click a ‘like’ or a thumbs-up.
I don’t check for results, per se. But it is helpful to have posted the daily results.
And I misguidedly thought the ‘Daily 500’ was taking energy away from the other verbal ventures.
I’m 200+ words into this warmup, but I’m wondering if other writers have similar bouts with similar weird little roller coaster rides.
In the meantime, I’m halfway—229/500, but who’s counting?] toward my daily goal and it feels good that I have turned my back on a few household chores in favor of a little writing.
Still on the procrastination thread, as the weather improves, Buddy is adjusting to new locations to either: a) Fully support my writing routine. b) Assertively heap on the guilt for not tending to his every nutritional or entertainment need.
This guest post by Katie Tallo of Momentum Gathering can be found at https://writetodone.com
She compiled these suggestions from a number of sources.
- from Alison Motluk: “Seek out creative company. The best ideas are forged not in moments of solitary genius, but during exchanges with trusted colleagues.” [Note: Austin Kleon calls this creative company a ‘scenius‘.]
- from Jacob Cass at Just Creative Designs: “Mindmap. Whether you use key words, images, colours, a hierarchy system, numbers, outlines, circles or random words, mindmapping gets your creative juices flowing.”
- from Steve Pavlina: “Architect a worthy challenge. If a task is too easy, you don’t need to be particularly creative, so your creative self will simply say, “You can manage this one without me.”
“Ready? Now close your eyes and count back from twenty…”
They had everything and we had nothing…
We never expected our innocent little lemonade stand to…
It was pure joy/boredom/hate/love at first sight…
Title: Night of the Zombies
Title: Donald Trump Meets Forrest Gump
My cruel words hung in the air…
He had bit the hand that fed him…
Luckily, Superman does exist…
“Okay, soldiers/kids/Mr. President, pat your head and rub your stomach…”
So it’s like this.
My friend from NY sent me a quick email telling me a classmate of ours from junior high had passed away…a year ago.
M was always a pretty happy-go-lucky guy and he was the same way as we went facemark-to-facemask in a junior college football game in 1972. And the same way as he served customers at his dad’s fish market and at the restaurant he started in the 80’s.
While I hadn’t seen him for decades, his passing hit me a little harder.
Maybe each succeeding loss of a contemporary does that now…but it was yet another reminder, a tug at my insides, with the familiar message…”What in God’s name are you waiting for? Get out there and make stuff!”
Yeah…it doesn’t have to be good—especially at first. It has to be done, so you have something to build on, a reference point.
And let’s all assume we’re not going to live forever, so it’s time to build some creative momentum.
It doesn’t have to be a leap. Even a step will do. But let’s aim together to be in a different place than we were the day before.
- “Take the minimal viable action of sitting down at your desk…”
- “Reduce the scope, but stick to the schedule.”
- “It’s better to lower your standards and actually follow through…”