Writers Horoscope December 13: You sift through a sea of advice.

From yesterday’s Rules for Working in a Studio, you decide to narrow the list, with some variations tailored for your growth.

For example…

‘Make big promises.’ becomes ‘Make big promises…to yourself.’ ‘Keep them.’ logically follows.

And you merge ‘Don’t hide your work.’ with ‘Don’t hide your mistakes’ and ‘You are not your work. Embrace criticism.’ [Challenging, for sure.]

 

 

Writers Horoscope December 4: Today, you redefine ‘practice’.

With help from Seth Godin.

One kind of practice fits the traditional definition. We repeat processes until we improve. Shooting baskets, playing ‘Greensleeves’, making the perfect sunnyside-up egg.

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Says Godin:

“The other kind of practice is more valuable but far more rare.”

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“This is the practice of failure. Of trying on one point of view after another until you find one that works. Of creating original work that doesn’t succeed until it does. Of writing, oration and higher-level math in search of an elusive outcome, even a truth, one that might not even be there…We become original through practice.”

Here’s hoping you’re making time for both types of practice.

 

 

Writers Horoscope for October 13: Today, ponder ‘sonder’.

Yes, the word is ‘sonder’.

From the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows:    n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. To help you visualize, short video here.

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Let it feed today’s writing.

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Note: Thanks to Seth Godin for introducing the Writers Horoscope to this concept.