Writers Horoscope December 3: You experience déjà vu.

Courtesy of me.

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I’m going with three projects to finish in December.

1. An online mini-course on ‘writing to learn’.

2. The Eclectic’s Journal

3. Leaning toward the mundane, simply put: Car in the garage by January, 2018. [Granted, it’s not even close to ‘hoarder’s condition’, but really, it’s been 16 years since a car has actually fit in the garage at this house.]

I’ll once again be using Austin Kleon’s 30-Day Challenge–Every day I will:  form to keep me focused.

And this time, I’m slapping it on the wall beside my ‘Habit-Stacking’ chart.

Habit Stacking Screenshot

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The Habit Stacking link is an affiliate link. It doesn’t raise the price on the $3.99 book and it might make me a quarter, if that much.

 

 

Writers Horoscope for November 4: Someone is looking out for you today.

His name is Austin Kleon.

This first link leads to his blog page explaining his progress sheet.

This second link takes you directly to the download page.

He calls it a lo-fi resource. I call it, straightforward and to-the-point.

Use it for your end-of-year resolution projects.

Don’t break the chain!

Suggestion: Subscribe to Austin Kleon’s newsletter.

 

More takeaways from Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work

Opening comment: I hope readers gain even half the value as I do from writing this down freehand and rehashing/posting it.

But feel free to throw money, coffee, good pastries, or an ‘I adopted a shelter pet!’ certificate my way. [I’m a pretty simple guy, really.]

So, more takeaways from one of my daily go-to books for changing/reinforcing my thinking:  Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work:  **

Become a Documentarian of What You Do.  

“Whether you share it or not, documenting and recording
your process as you go alonreading-at-desk-1200g has its own rewards. You’ll start to see the work you’re doing more clearly and feel like you’re making progress.” [It’s what I’m trying to do at jrmays.com.]

 

Be an Amateur  

“Because they have little to lose, amateurs are willing to try anything and share the results. They take chances, experiment, and follow their whims.” [I have a poster on my wall: If not now, when?  Works for me.]

“The world is changing at such a rapid rate, it’s turning us all into amateurs. Even for professionals, the best way to flourish is to retain an amateur’s spirit and embrace uncertainty and the unknown.”

Read Obituaries.

“Reading about people who are dead now and did things with their lives makes me want to get up and do something decent with mine.” [In his case, be a good dad and husband, create, curate, and share art and experience.]

He continues, “Take inspiration from the people who muddled through life before you–they all started out as amateurs, and they got where they were going by making do with what they were given and having the guts to put themselves out there. Follow their example.”

** Not aiming for anything –no commission, no pats on the back, no genuflections–other than to share good work by others.

Using an image and video for my post today…

Thought I would try some different post formats. I used the mindmapping software Inspiration today. Below is an image file of what I wanted to communicate to you.

Below the image is a video demonstrating a few of Inspiration‘s features. [Reminder: I’m not trying to sell anything–just sharing what I like to experiment with.]

 

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The video is seven minutes long, so feel free to fast-forward at your convenience! Will work on my paring-down skills, I promise.