Recently, I've been tracking time spent on my most important creative/learning endeavors using my accounting software as a way to view the things that are important to me as business I owe myself. It's been a useful experiment.
I was surprised to discover that my latest sketchbook is over five years old. I wonder what it would take to finish it...
Writing a daily blog is like having an external hard drive for your brain, or a release valve on all the thoughts you have built up inside you.
My favorite trick for getting out of writer's blog is to ask myself a simple question: what am I trying to say? Then I proof for sincerity.
In trying to work more efficiently as a freelance writer, I've learned that one of the best things I can do to improve productivity and time management is to put in an extra hour at the end of the day.
I hate everything about Word's squiggly blue lines.
I read once about a guy who wrote his first novel 250 words at a time. Every day, he sat down and wrote 250 words. At the end of a year, he had a novel. "Gee," I thought to myself. "That sounds doable."
If you want to keep a goal to yourself, stake your reputation on it. Stay accountable to yourself, and let others know you're trying.
I remember reading some writing advice a little while back about banishing the verb "to be" from your prose, in all its forms. I think about this from time to time, and it does often improve a sentence by encouraging you to choose stronger verbs. (Not that this rule applies 100% in all situations: sometimes you're just … Continue reading Verbing, and other participles.
It's amazing the work you can get done in an hour. I heard a rule once for beating procrastination. It went like this: Anything that can be done in 3 minutes, do now. Anything that can be started in 3 minutes, start now. Obviously, there is the matter of prioritization, but the main point is simple: starting … Continue reading Making the leap