In his book, Show Your Work, Austin Kleon suggests that we treat the question as a means to connect with the questioner or, in our case, listeners/viewers/readers.
Just explain humbly and honestly, he says.
So here goes–a list I developed over a smoked salmon scramble breakfast during my personal, ‘I won’t be able to drive for four more hours, so I’m stopping here’ weekend writer’s retreat.
- I’m writing.
- I’m creating educational content for future online possibilities.
- I’m semi-retired. [as in, I’m not sure if I am or not.]
- I’m looking for volunteer opportunities in my community.
- I’m avoiding the monumental task [in my mind] of decluttering.
- I guess I’m facing the distinct possibility that I’m done with public school teaching.
- I’m eating too much kettle corn. That stuff is the work of the devil.
- For health reasons, I’m trying to cut back on my baking.
- For comfort reasons, I’m ignoring list item #8 and pop in an occasional batch of herb-cheese rolls, chocolate-chocolate chip muffins, or a sweet potato quick bread. [I’m sharing with others…so there’s no need yet to widen any doorways should I visit.]
“What made me think he would change?”
I shrugged. “Maybe…”
will this blog help to make me more accountable to myself and my writing goals? I’m hoping so.
It seems the daily challenge will be to ‘Write as if…’.
- As if it has value. [For now, if it keeps me writing, then, yes, it does have value.]
- As if it has, or will eventually have, value for others.
And thank you, Steven Pressfield, for your more impactful treatment of ‘writing as if…’.
Jeff Goins, of The Productive Writer series.
So, while he succeeded with 500 words a day, I also did well with that modest, reachable goal.
Until I didn’t. Wussed out. Found other important tasks. [All you procrastinators out there are saying, ‘Yeah, right.’. I can hear yoooou.]
So I’m scaling back to even 100 words [though between this work and other project work I’m doing, I probably am getting to 500].
I’ll continue to add my daily writing warmup, but I’ll also be providing a few details about my next project–a Teachable ‘course’, though it’s less of a course and more of a ‘come follow me’ tour of my own process in writing a short book. More later. [Let’s see…how many words is that…Thank you, WordPress–122 words.]
Her lessons would guide him for decades…
“I’ll see you in court!”
Greetings! I’m Tim Haag and I’m working on a number of writing experiments, including a Teachable project [I’m not calling it a ‘course’ as it’s more of a ‘come-along-and-watch!’ tour. More on that later.]
Everything I did had turned out wrong. Until now…
[Or…Everything I did had turned out right. Until now…]
What the heck. No one was looking. Or at least I thought no one was looking…
From my book: Writing Warmups: 1000+ Prompts to Get Your Mind and Pen Moving
Luckily, Superman did exist…