I’ve been writing like crazy and not doing much else, so this week here are 10 things I think are worth sharing about writing:
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- Do something small every day and it adds up. (Every day, no matter what, I blog and write in my diary.)
- I have lots of Daily Rituals when I work: I keep everything in a banker’s box, I scatter index cards and markers around the house, I tack pictures of my heroes on a bulletin board above my desk, I press the sleep timer on my clock radio, and I smoke a fake cigarette pencil.
- First drafts don’t need to be perfect they just need to exist. (More in Anne Lamott’s wonderful book, Bird By Bird.)
- The tools matter and the tools don’t matter.
- Notebooks double in power if you take the time to re-read them.
- It’s way easier to get things done when you’re working on things worth doing.
- You can spend your time on work, family, or friends, but you can only have two at a time.
- If you’re blocked, play with blocks.
- I can’t think about my book if I want to fall asleep at night, so I need to wind down with a good book that’s not in the genre I’m writing in. Comics and fiction work well, but what I really love is trashy rock 'n' roll histories, like Please Kill Me, Van Halen Rising, The Dirt, or, the one I’m reading right now, Meet Me In The Bathroom.
- Every time I write a book, I learn new things. (Also: I have specific advice for visual thinkers who want to write.
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