Writers Horoscope August 14: You overestimate your mental capabilities.

Enough with the multitasking already! It doesn’t even exist. And what you are doing (current terminology: context switching) is stealing brainpower.

Consider these drawbacks:

  • You have a lower IQ. [This would explain your predilection for Dora the Explorer reruns to finishing that chapter from John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction.]
  • You reduce your memory. [Uhhhh…you’re on this page because you clicked a web link to get here. ;->]
  • You damage your brain. [Listen, your teens and 20’s are ruthless enough. No sense piling on.]

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Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Writers Horoscope August 10: A change of scenery is in order.

Face it–waking up to a sea of pixels and liquid crystals is hardly a warm, embracing welcome to your creative urges**.
So, mix it up.
Get out of the house.
Breathe real air.
Pave a new neural pathway. [Not even sure that’s a thing. It just sounds right.]
Turn off YouTube, fergawdsakes.
Happy writing.

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**Ever notice that ‘urges’ is easily rearranged to spell ‘surge’? I mean, really, isn’t that cosmic? A surge of urges………eeew-ick, an innocent four-word phrase and we’re thrust into 50 Shades territory…thrust……okay, we’re done here.

Writers Horoscope August 9: Choose optimism today.

  • Rejection slips? Hey, someone [or at least someTHING] considers you among the living.
  • Put on hold when you request payment for your work? See #1. [You at least rate the push of a button.]
  • Your characters running amok? They might have a firmer grasp of the real story than you do.
  • The critique group finding hidden meaning in your work where none was intended? At least they’re reading it. And at least your words have meaning.

Writers Horoscope August 7: Curiosity may get the best of you today.

In your desperate search for tantalizing bits of dialogue, you saunter into a coffee shop and slither into eavesdropping mode.

A few tips:

  • Leaning your ear toward a conversation–not cool. [Just nudge and point your voice-recording smartphone in the right direction.]
  • Dropping the fork toward the speaker–just plain desperate. [Go with a napkin and hope the air currents are friendly. Quieter. Caution: don’t use the napkin afterwards.]
  • Cupping your hands behind each ear–pathetic. [You might as well just slide in next to the folks and start jotting down their every word.]

And if you’re too busy to intrude, there are probably a few non-virtual assistants willing to help out.

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