Healthy habits for projects, for yourself, and for the money you earn
Want to be published? Still telling yourself “carpe diem” but days speed by before you grab several hours to write?
Time to change “Seize the Day” into “Seize the Dream.”
Do you start stories but never complete them? Are you waiting on your muse while she hides behind trees and in caves? Do you know how to write but the mountainous novel seems insurmountable, with too many words and too few days?
If you answered yes to these questions, you’re not thinking like a professional writer. Stop procrastinating, and achieve your dream. Like the writer M.A. Lee, in three short years you can become a published writer of 12-plus novels.
As a daily companion and goals-tracker, the Think / Pro Planner will guide your daily path. Using an undated weekly layout, start anytime and skip any vacation weeks. Progress meters, word count trackers, healthy habits monitors, and monthly, seasonal, & yearly reviews and previews keep you focused.
In our last blog, on 13 Sparks for Creativity, I talked about the right brain needing time for free-flow thought. To give that right brain the time that it needs, you need to keep your left brain engaged in other tasks.
The whole purpose is to let your finished project have some “sleep” so you return to it refreshed, creativity ready to be sparked
Remember, there’s a difference between a finished project and a completed one. We can’t complete a project unless it has had its winter sleep.
This means to think unconventionally. Look for unusual connections.
Play a game to find different ways to match up things that aren’t normally match-able. Ink becomes tattoos become hieroglyphs becomes spiderwebs.
Another form of this is to transform the use of a common object. For example, turn a brick into a bird feeder or a pencil holder or a kitchen trivet for a hot pot.
Mind Maps and Free-writing ~ 2.
Both processes follow where the brain leads. Do both with pen/cil and paper, not on computer. Using the hand awakens the brain. Drs. Carrie and Arron Barron discuss this in their book The Creativity Cure.