Productivity

I Like Feeling Productive

Who doesn’t like being productive?

I feel good when I get stuff done. I need a goal, a purpose.

Without a challenge, I’m bored. I don’t always feel like working though. But I dislike feeling unproductive.

It’s so easy to put off and procrastinate rather than start right away. But I know I can’t wait for a perfect moment. I also shouldn’t wait until I feel inspired or motivated. Sometimes I just need to sit down and start.

I prefer doing a little every day rather than a lot all at once. It’s exhausting to write for 6 hours straight. But 60 minutes isn’t that tiring.

I’m not always as productive as I’d like to be. That’s okay. Some days are better than others.

I’m learning to start over. just because I did or didn’t do something yesterday doesn’t mean I can’t change what I do today.

I have bad days, even bad weeks. But I always find a way to get back on track.

At any given time, there are plenty of projects on my plate. They aren’t going to complete themselves. I need to start and finish them myself.

I’m not very good at taking breaks and doing nothing. Which is why I try to get a little bit closer to where I want to be with each passing day.

Baby steps. Walk before I run. I should enjoy this journey rather than stress about it. I’ve been worrying about the wrong things lately.

Somehow, someway it will work out in the end, so long as I work hard every step of the way.

Writing

Every Story You Tell Has A Purpose

Every story you tell has a purpose, even when it feels like there isn’t one.

Sometimes your stories fail or you abandon them halfway through. But they still serve a purpose.

Finishing a project teaches you a lot along the way. You have to be resilient and persevere in the face of adversity.

Short stories pave the way for longer ones. If writing an epic novel seems daunting, try penning a novella first.

You learn your strengths. Eventually, you find out what you’re good at.

You learn your weaknesses. And then you know where to improve.

With each story, you become a better writer. After all, practice makes progress.

Some stories will test your faith. Others will restore it.

You’ll fall in love with writing all over again. It’s a wonderful feeling.

You realize not every story will see the light of day, and that’s okay.

You develop thicker skin. The stories you send out into the world will inevitably encounter some sort of resistance or rejection.

You’re inspired to write new stories. One character who didn’t pan out in an old piece might be the perfect inspiration for a protagonist or antagonist down the road. You just never know.

You gain empathy. Every time you put yourself in someone else’s shoes, you’re forced to see where he or she is coming from.

You get experience. Your own experience, but it’s still experience.

You build confidence, which is key in writing. Besides, with confidence comes opportunity.

You have more chances to ask for feedback. Scary but necessary.

Your writing process changes. Life happens. Adapt. Adjust.

If nothing else, remember that the stories you tell matter.

Writing

10 Pieces Of Writing Advice

  1. Respect your readers.
  2. Express yourself clearly.
  3. Never waste words.
  4. Strive for consistency.
  5. Perceive the world.
  6. Punctuate with purpose.
  7. Overcome all obstacles.
  8. Find your voice.
  9. Enjoy the journey.
  10. Love the craft.
Writing

How To Impress A Writer

Thing is I’m not easily impressed. Perhaps, I’m just extremely picky as an editor/reader. Or perhaps I search too hard for perfection in every piece of writing. Whatever the case, I always find myself secretly correcting grammar mistakes, mentally rewording sentences, and fixing punctuation problems.   

Sometimes, however, I am blown away by the calibre and merit of an article. So when am I impressed and how do you impress a writer with a critical eye?

Get to the point. The quicker the better.

Write purposefully. I don’t want to read 10 pages of meaningless prose.

Make the reader think. People have a brain remember?

Stop the gimmicks, stay consistent. Need I say more?

Don’t overstate everything. Likewise, don’t understate points of importance.

If you can achieve all five beautifully, you’ve done what most cannot. That is you’ve managed to make an impression on me and maybe even a long lasting one.  

Writing

Writer’s Purpose In Life

  1. To have bad stuff—but I’m sure you could substitute it for another s word—happen to them
  2. And to write about it
Blogging

What Blogging Has Done For Me

  1. It gives me a reason to wake up in the morning. That is not stretching the truth too far. 
  2. I have something to look forward to at the end of the day. Even if my entire day sucked, I know my day will get brighter once I get home, go onto my keyboard, and immerse myself in the blogging world.
  3. Blogging somehow makes my life feel more complete. I feel like that big hole in my life prior to starting this blog has been filled, finally.
  4. Having a blog is like going on a journey of self-discovery. The blog has done wonders for me as I try to discover my “identity” or who I am so to speak. Or as The Alchemist so greatly put it, what is my “Personal Legend” exactly?  
  5. Most important of all, blogging brings me this sense of satisfaction that nothing else in my life does. I love it. It makes me happy. That might explain why I haven’t quit yet. One source said something like, “All bloggers quit after 3 months of blogging.” I am halfway to that point and I will go another month and a half without quitting because of this tiny secret. Well, it isn’t a secret anymore.

That are some of the things blogging has done for me. What has it done for you?

Writing

Why Writers Write (Why I Write)

Writing is difficult. Let’s face it. No writer does it for the money, the fame, or anything superficial.

Writers write because:

  1. They love it.
  2. It keeps them sane.
  3. Writing allows them to have a voice.
  4. Without writing, they wouldn’t know what else to do with their life.
  5. There’s a feeling of satisfaction.
  6. Writers have a purpose to get up in the morning.
  7. There’s meaning to their life.
  8. Some, including yours truly, would die without writing. Literally.
  9. Or a combination of all of these.