Writers Horoscope September 1: Remind yourself that criticism is subjective.

Remember the message of August 29: Don’t linger too long on writing’s low points.

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Besides, if you’d followed the sage advice from August 05, you’d have already steeled yourself against apathetic responses to your work.

 

Writers Horoscope August 30: Keep an even keel.

Writing has its low points.

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And even the highs of writing can be wearing, as the descent isn’t always a joy.

So, yes, savor the good stuff, don’t linger too long on the bad stuff, and keep typing. Even if you have to stray off topic, props to you for gangster-slapping resistance [see August 28].

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The source of Dabble Hour…

My first foray into Dabble Hour went fairly well. I only allowed myself that 60 minutes to follow peripheral projects, including writing for animation. Problem: I planted myself in Distraction Central, our public library. Good place to sit and work, but all those books…

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No, I didn’t pick all these up in one trip. But still…someone here needs therapy.

Don’t you love the irony of my having a copy of Deep Work?

In his book Turning Pro, Steven Pressfield says “The amateur prizes shallowness and shuns depth.”

Seems I have a way to go with this…

Dabble Hour: Keeping Favorite Projects Alive

I have confess…there are projects I still want to stay involved with, but, as Steven Pressfield says [and I agree], delving into multiple projects–thus leading to nothing being finished–suggests yet another triumph of resistance over progress.

And so, for the next week, I’m going with a compromise: Dabble Hour.

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I’ll give myself one hour a day to at least stay in touch with some of those side creation/writing projects…even if it’s five minutes to type up a few pertinent ideas, a snippet of dialogue, or log a resource-filled website or two.

Better than letting them sit in the corner of the room in a dust-blanketed notebook.