Derek Sivers: 6 links re: a very interesting guy

Derek Sivers offers mountains of value at no cost to you.

Check out his notes on books he’s read.

More specifically, writers, here are his notes on the classic, On Writing Well.

And this blog post: $250K books sold. $250K to save lives.

Here are Goodreads comments on his book, Hell Yeah or No: What’s Worth Doing. I don’t see the book listed on Amazon, despite the Amazon link on the Goodreads page. It didn’t turn up in Apple Books either, so I think he’s simply selling it on his site. Sounds good to me.

Even better than the comments, here is his overview of the book. (Feels more like the entire book. Hey, I’m not complaining.)

Curation Monday: A final look at If You Can Talk, You Can Write

Pssst! Here are three answers from Joel Saltzman’s Pop Quiz #5 [Subtitle: Ten final questions you can’t get wrong.]

  1. Inspiration leads to imitation, which leads to: d) your own style.

  2. What’s needed is courage: Having the d) fear  but doing it anyway.

  3. What most people call writer’s block, we call  d) perfectionist’s block.

His book’s final page…

One last word Saltzman book

Curation Monday: A final look at If You Can Talk, You Can Write

Pssst! Here are three answers from Joel Saltzman’s Pop Quiz #5 [Subtitle: Ten final questions you can’t get wrong.]

  1. Inspiration leads to imitation, which leads to: d) your own style.

  2. What’s needed is courage: Having the d) fear  but doing it anyway.

  3. What most people call writer’s block, we call  d) perfectionist’s block.

His book’s final page…

One last word Saltzman book

Writers Horoscope for November 8: Your writing = selfishness.

voice of resistance edited

The voice is back.

Today’s message: “Forget this aimless pastime. Spend time with family, friends, pets, yard work…fill in the blank. Something constructive, something that leaves a mark.”

[Notice I didn’t mention the dirty dishes.]

Hang in there. Today’s haunting is just another version of resistance, another creeping doubt meant to undermine your creative work.

Suggestion: write a quick note to ‘the voice’.

Other than this brief authorial detour, make it clear it won’t deter you. [Nice that you’re engaging in the very activity the voice wants to inhibit, by the way.]

Use a large font size. Print it out. Post it above the computer.

Some folks even name the voice and put a face to it. Sounds like a hint at the next entry…

Writers Horoscope November 7: Continue to seek wisdom and expertise.

You’re feeling a little lost. Your efforts have been disjointed and erratic.

You don’t want to bother your writing buddies who are busy with their own projects.

A little inspiration, a little guidance would be nice.

binoculars seeking inspiration

Enlist Honoree Corder.

Her notable work You Must Write a Book ** will inject enthusiasm and purpose to your projects, whether non-fiction (her specialty) or fiction. Within a page or two, her sincere, almost urgent, style and salient points have me reaching for a notebook. [Like I said, ‘a notable work’.]

Need any more encouragement? Check out these Goodreads testimonials.

Sample the book here.


**No affiliate links here!

Writers Horoscope for November 6: Stories abound today.

Give your own imagination its due.

dream-imagination

 

And feed it as well.

books-imagination

 

But if you need a jump start from real life,

here is a very good start for a 500-word warmup.

 

Writers Horoscope for November 5: Wisdom abounds today.

If somehow JK Rowling’s rules of writing weren’t enough, or didn’t quite address your writing life, here is even more wisdom.

In his lithub.com post, Joe Fassler provides seven of the most common writing tips, based on his conversations with 150 authors.

The list includes:

  • Neglect everything else.
  • Beginnings matter.
  • Sound it out.
  • It’s supposed to be difficult.

Read the rest of the article for the other three, as well as his expansion on each tip.

I am a writer.
Jeff Goins would approve of this clickable photo. ;->

 

 

Writers Horoscope for November 4: Someone is looking out for you today.

His name is Austin Kleon.

This first link leads to his blog page explaining his progress sheet.

This second link takes you directly to the download page.

He calls it a lo-fi resource. I call it, straightforward and to-the-point.

Use it for your end-of-year resolution projects.

Don’t break the chain!

Suggestion: Subscribe to Austin Kleon’s newsletter.

 

Writers Horoscope for November 3: Your writing life needs rules.

Here is a very good start:

http://thewritepractice.com/rowling-rules-of-writing/

What to do with all that wisdom?

  • Bookmark it.
  • Print it out.
  • Highlight the daylights out of it.
  • Post it on a bulletin board.
  • Silkscreen it on a t-shirt. [Okay, a bit extreme.]

Then, find one rule that nudges your need to improve.

Act on it.

Finally, find one that mirrors a strength.

And pat yourself on the back.

You’re on the right track.

chalkboard never give up

Writers Horoscope for November 2: Right brain meets left brain.

It ain’t pretty.

cat-pet-mirror right brain left brain reduced

Consider this:  Call a truce. 

Then pick a side.

Let your left brain win out and dive into an editing/polishing project.

Or, give in to your right brain and dash off a quick, fun, but substantial first draft of another story.

Just don’t try to juggle them both.