One of my favorite pages from Austin Kleon‘s book Show Your Work ** encourages creators to become ‘documentarians of what you do’.
Whether you share it or not, documenting and recording your process as you go along has its own rewards: You’ll start to see the work you’re doing more clearly and feel like you’re making progress. And when you’re ready to share, you’ll have a surplus of material to choose from.
**Not an affiliate link. ;-]
How to cope?
Find solace from Nancy Graham Holm that you are not alone.
How else to cope?
Sander van der Wel via Wikimedia Commons https://www.flickr.com/photos/jar0d/6066734168/
Livelihood? How about ‘annoying hobby’?
Either way, it was 3:00 AM** and you tossed and turned and tossed again.
Your spouse stumbled out to the peace and quiet of the living room couch.
The border collie followed soon after.
And you were left to brood.
Shouldn’t the plural of ‘low-life’ be ‘low-lives’?
And Snow White’s annoying posse–shouldn’t they be the Seven Dwarves?
Let the brooding continue…and here you had just come to terms with your own flawfulness.
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**Why is it always 3:00 AM?
Whether it’s a new chapter written in a rush of enthusiasm, a new blog post written with one eye on the football game, or a quick bulletin board announcement…
a second look never hurts.
or should be.
Yep, nothing like a little on-site inspiration.
Your audience awaits.
Yes, the word is ‘sonder’.
From the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. To help you visualize, short video here.
Let it feed today’s writing.
Note: Thanks to Seth Godin for introducing the Writers Horoscope to this concept.