Five blog posts about writing and work to take you into the weekend!
My 500 Words: A Writing Challenge: The blogs I’ve written over the years are documentary evidence of a push-pull within me when it comes to writing. I swing wildly from not writing much at all to cranking out post after post. Sometimes these shifts happen on a dime. (Wasn’t it just two weeks ago that I said I would start posting less often? Well…) After reading this post by Jeff Goins, I’ve decided to take the challenge and begin writing 500 words a day. (For the record, today is Day #3, and you, dear reader, are looking at my 500+ words for the day.) Not all of it will be published, and not all of it will be here, but I do expect a bump in activity here.
Why you Should Write for 182 Days: Dovetailing with the first article is this piece by Chomwa Shikati detailing so many good reasons why you should write every day for 6 months. If you’re like me, and you find that the love of the craft sometimes isn’t quite enough, this post may perhaps give you a bit more inspiration to sit down with a notebook or keyboard and do the work.
Library Rules: I work in an “open office plan” office, and frankly, some days it’s a miserable experience. The goal (presumably) is to “help encourage collaboration and creativity” but what it really encourages is distraction and irritation (at least in our experience). I spend my day with headphones in, trying to drown out the partial conversations and speakerphone calls that drift up and down the hallway. You tell me: would it be too passive-aggressive to email this link to everyone in my department, with no commentary attached? Yeah? Okay, fine. I’ll just stew about it a bit more.
5 Easy Ways to Build Your Writer’s Personal Brand: Okay, first, ugh; I hate the title, because I hate both “5 easy ways” posts and cheesy “branding” discussions. However, as I’m really starting to read about and think about how I want to move this platform (blergh) forward and use it to promote my online writing (here and on Medium, check me out!) along with any future book projects, I need to take my “brand” a bit more seriously. Suffice it to say, I’m going to be doing more reading, thinking, and likely writing about this in coming months.
“…Every Revolution Begins with Words”: Another Jeff Goins post, this time reminding us of how truly powerful well-crafted, passionate words can be. This is both an encouragement and a challenge to us. The landscape of social media and the Internet in general is pock-marked with the mortar blasts of heedless speech and hateful hearts. If we want to make a difference in people’s lives, we should consider very carefully what we say and how we say it.
There you go, friends. Five articles for your weekend reading and edification.
You may have noticed that this site has undergone a bit of a face-lift, as well as a change in address (yay!). You’ll see more changes in the near future as I start to set up some new ventures. Don’t worry, I’ll still be posting book reviews and bullet-lists and a whole bunch of other fun posts on this site. I’m excited about what’s coming down the road, and I hope you are, too.
Have a great weekend!