Writers Horoscope September 20: Revamp your start to the day.

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More and more research is pointing out the drawbacks of diving into email, the Internet, and directionless apps first thing in the morning. You might consider leading off with any combination of reading, writing, a little mindfulness, and some exercise. [Okay, coffee fits in there somewhere.]

But don’t take my word for it.

Srini Rao homes in on the topic with this article in Medium.

Here also is a quote from his Why Only is Better Than Best: “Once you become aware of how you’re spending your time, you’ll be amazed at how much of it you actually have at your disposal to develop better habits.”

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Writers Horoscope September 19: There’s room for more than one mentor in your life.

Getting a second, or third, opinion on your work may be just what you need.

Yes, too many cooks can spoil the…well, you know.

But, just in case, keep your eyes open for another writing sage in your life.

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Writing mentors need to look, well, writerly.

And will listen. Without too much judgment.

And won’t heap huge expectations on you.

A daily ride in the car? Sure. A bowl of kibble? You can handle that.

But remember: they need the writerly look.

Jeff Goins offers some serious tips on finding a writing mentor.

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Writers Horoscope September 18: Find a new outlet for your pent-up energy. 

 

All that time in front of a computer screen.

All that roiling frustration over that damnable dangling participle…

You’re turning into a churning hunk of burning funk. (Thank you, James Taylor)

Time to let loose.

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And it just might lead to a little cash on the side.
Bonus! For sticking with this post—other ways to de-stress in front of the screen…

 

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Writers Horoscope September 14: You’ve given in to distraction. And now…

it’s crunch time.

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You lost out in the eternal tug of war between what you’re supposed to do and what you prefer to do.

It’s now crunch time and you need to focus.

Seriously–focus. And focus some more. [I know, I know, I do see the irony of launching you further away from your work, but these tips should prove helpful in the end. And now…back to the cat videos. ;->]

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Writers Horoscope September 13: You need a new identity.

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No, you’re not going into witness protection. And don’t expect CIA recruiters anytime soon.

You’ve taken control of your other writing projects.

But you’re feeling a little stale.

Maybe it’s time to create a new Web presence.
Explore a new topic of interest.
Give it time to evolve into something of greater value–to you and your readers.


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Writers Horoscope September 12: Keep a low profile today.

Stay true to yesterday’s ‘watch your temper’ advice,

Yes, counter to August 27: Your reclusiveness serves no one. , today IS STILL a good day to be a shut-in. Your editor wasn’t in a compromising mood, so the embers are still smoldering and the deadlines still loom. 

No, you don’t have to totally insulate yourself.

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But give it another day before you get a handle on the workload.


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