agenda, books, Inspiration, Uncategorized, Writing Tips

The Day is Over but the Work Goes On

It’s been one of those days that seems like everything just blurred together. From the wake up, hurry up and go, to the commute, to the work day, to the 3 hour training, to driving the kid home, to editing and editing and editing, to finally sitting down for a blog post. Yeah, that was a long sentence. But that’s how the day went. Crazy busy and constant. I kinda love it when things get accomplished on that level though. While I’m exhausted from my day, I’m also feeling like I’ve done some pretty big things today. Like a real adult who knows what she’s doing. It’s a lovely feeling.

 

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How about that? Planning stuff, working it out, like a real adult!!

 

So, the update. There’s so much. Let’s see, the copywriting is going strong. I even got an opportunity to double my part time job income without doubling the work. Crazy, huh? It’s an awesome site I’m writing for and I really enjoy the content so it’s a win-win for me. And I realized tonight that I’m enjoying editing blog posts for the other site much more than writing for their specific topic. It’s pretty cool that all of my clerical marking experience is coming in so handy. Life has an awesome way of bringing things full circle.

 

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Life is awesome. So is this. 

 

As for the book, I’m still writing it back in to my schedule. I’ve been pretty bad about getting the kid to bed on time but it’s still on the to-do list. In the next few days, I’ll be back to Monday night creative, fiction writing. I know some of you are waiting on this one and I plan to deliver! And the April/May projects are also in the works. I have a project that’s in editing. The layout is giving me fits and I keep threatening it but for some reason it just won’t behave. The second project is still in the creative piece, namely, my brain, but I do know what it is and how I’ll be knocking it out. Deadline is May 31st, so hold me to it.  Hint – it’s not your Grandma’s word search!

That’s where I’m at. Currently staying busy but still looking for the next great client who would like me to ease some of their content stress. Also, studying up on my craft daily because it’s my passion. Webinars, recordings, audiobooks, articles, newsletters, whatever I can get my hands or ears on. I’m soaking it in. Maybe I should sleep on the paper copies. Can you learn by osmosis?

 

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The hairnet scientist guy says, No, I cannot learn by osmosis. Dang it.

 

How do you learn your craft? Are you a reader? Paper or audio? Do you prefer a good lecture or TED Talk? Maybe you’re a YouTube fan? Maybe you’re a student of life and have just figured things out by trial and error… How do you go about doing what you do? I’d love to hear it. I’m a mix, really. I love a good book but don’t mind a fantastic speaker. I still have to take notes though. It’s just how my brain works. I’m also a trial and error kinda person. I like to get my hands dirty but I also need soap nearby. Let me know your thoughts!

 

 

books, Inspiration, Uncategorized, Writing Tips

Write Every Day, They Say…

I guess you can think of your ability to write as a muscle. If you train it and use it consistently, it becomes stronger and more defined. If you don’t use it, it shrinks down, gets surrounded by fat and can’t be found unless you’re cut open. And that’s just not a good idea at all. I say because I’ve convinced myself that I’ll be doing actual writing every day. That’s it. I’ve said it, so let it be. Well, maybe not that instantly, but that’s the plan.

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This is how my writing guns need to look!

Just moments ago, I was kicked back on my bed, mostly laying on my squishy, comfy pillows, with my eyes closed. I was right at that point where I could just let go and fall all the way to sleep. BUT, I realized that my dogs are still in the backyard and my son is still up playing on the iPad. If they stay out and he keeps watching it unchecked, I can’t be responsible for the havoc that will be wreaked. Not really. I’d be totally responsible. Thus, the reason I cracked open the laptop.

I’m taking this moment to type while sleepy. Yes, it’s dangerous. I have no idea what I could be sending out onto the web, but I committed. In between turning on the laptop and now, I actually found a very interesting blog and a post therein that encouraged me to jump into writing daily. And it made sense.

The more you use it, the better you get. The more you type, the faster you are. The more you run, the less you feel like you’re going to die. The more you fly a plane, the more credibility you have as a pilot. While writing a shoddy article is not as life-threatening as potentially crashing a plane,  it still reflects on you poorly. Clients are looking for well-thought out commentary and interesting subjects. They don’t want to hear the same thing with new descriptions and colorful words. They want to be moved.

The same goes for books. You can’t repeat the same rhythm over and over with your sentence structure. You wouldn’t want to hear the same cadence repeatedly in your music, so why would people want to see it in your writing. Such an amazing observation and so true! I’m easily distracted, so the book or article needs to keep my attention or the proverbial butterflies will drag me away.

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Oooooh, butterfly!!

The awesome thing is that you will pick up on that the more you write. And the more you forgive yourself for making errors or putting a bad string of events together, the less likely you are to do it. The even more awesome thing is that you don’t have to keep those particular pieces. You can let them go and give it another try tomorrow. Isn’t that lovely? Second chances and endless opportunities.

Have you made a similar commitment? Do you write daily? weekly? monthly? Ever? Are you a schedule person or a do-it-when-you-feel-it person? I’ve always been the latter but I’m embracing the former and giving this a try. Tell me your thoughts – I’d love to hear different perspectives!

 

books, Inspiration, Uncategorized, Writing Tips

Why not now? Maybe later?

I’ve already told you how much of a procrastinator I am. So, why am I even talking about this again, you wonder… Because it’s a huge problem! So many people I know get caught up with a series on TV/Netflix/Hulu and don’t get off the couch for a few hours. Hours. That precious time when you’re not required to be anywhere or do anything. Nobody is watching the clock, looking for you to show up. Yes, I know a good binge is important from time to time but that’s just it – once in a while, not every day!

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If this is what you’re watching, I’m just gonna assume you life in a nightmare. Is it talking to you??

I found a FANTASTIC article today about how to avoid procrastinating as an author. And I’m so motivated! I even bought a planner so I can old-school schedule stuff. Don’t judge me. I’m a visual person. If I can’t picture it, did it really happen? But that got me onto a whole anti-procrastination search. Yes, I’m also a huge tech  nerd. Love to find answers in seconds…

Tools! There are actual tools to help get past procrastinating and reopening that notebook or laptop or whatever your weapon of choice may be. How awesome is that? People have actually thought through this and have put together lists and helpful hints. Were you aware of this? I don’t think you were since you’re on season 6 of Archer and you just started watching it yesterday.

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I wish I had tools this organized!!

I actually go in spurts. I have days when I can get a blog post done, edit an article, do research for another one, and even spend quality time with the family. How? I have no idea. But I do know that it doesn’t include Archer. Or television at all. For some reason that is such a huge time-suck for me. If I actually sit down and get interested, all plans are out the door. OR, I bring the laptop into the living room and half watch and half write. No bueno. That is not a good combination for me. I don’t do well with distraction and my writing suffers.

But I do love the idea of giving myself a timer or a deadline for the day. I’ve talked about a 2 hour a day commitment. Yep, that’s my goal, to write for 2 hours a day, or work on my business somehow for that time period. Today, I’ve put in about 3 hours. But others will be 6 or zero. Who knows. That’s the beauty of this life. I can be flexible and meet my own needs and desires. It’s absolutely lovely. But I have to be organized too.

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Gotta have that balance in life!

If I don’t have things written out or emailed to me regularly, something will certainly fall through the cracks and that is also no bueno. That’s not me. I’m a control freak when it comes to my work and my creative outlets. Ask anyone who has ever worked with me. I’m a team-player but I need to make sure it’s getting done. That’s just how I’m wired.

So, tell me, how do you get past your distractions? Do you see them for what they are or do you just roll with them? I’m curious! I love finding new ways to be efficient and productive but still maintain balance. Because, who doesn’t like to goof off??  Tell be in the comments!