Writers Horoscope for October 16: Today, endure the fickleness of your livelihood.

Livelihood? How about ‘annoying hobby’?

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Either way, it was 3:00 AM** and you tossed and turned and tossed again.

Your spouse stumbled out to the peace and quiet of the living room couch.
The border collie followed soon after.

And you were left to brood.

Shouldn’t the plural of ‘low-life’ be ‘low-lives’?

And Snow White’s annoying posse–shouldn’t they be the Seven Dwarves?

Let the brooding continue…and here you had just come to terms with your own flawfulness.


 

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**Why is it always 3:00 AM?

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.

girl with rose crown

Let it feed today’s writing.

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

 

Writers Horoscope for October 12: Today, new frontiers await.

Columbus isn’t the only one to be honored today.

Give a nod to yourself.

But only after you try your hand at say, a how-to article on unexpected uses of hair conditioner [yes, there are], or Astrology and the Home Cook [You’re on your own with that one.] or an impromptu photo story,

 

Happy Thanksgiving to Canadians, by the way.

 

What’s on my bookshelf? If You Can Talk, You Can Write

First of all, I love short chapters.

Thank you, Joel Saltzman, author of If You Can Talk, You Can Write [1993]—50 chapters squeezed into 190 pages.

And he practices what he preaches, as Saltzman might as well be playfully preaching to us over coffee in the kitchen.

Three of my preferred chapters:

  • If You Don’t Know What to Say, Start Saying It
  • Write About What Matters to You
  • But It’s Not Even Close to Perfect

My favorite Saltzman quotes:

  • “What’s needed is entitlement, the firm belief that ‘If it interests me, it interests others.’ “
  • “All you have to do is learn to stop rejecting your thoughts and start writing them down.”
  • “…you can adopt a much saner, more productive point of view: PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION.”

Saltzman also weaves in short anecdotes, pop quizzes [Ten questions you can’t get wrong], and valuable quotes from other writers, including:

  • “In every work of genius, we recognize our own rejected thoughts.” —Goethe
  • “If the result of something I do is that someone feels 10 percent less crazy because they see someone else thinking what they’re thinking, then I provide a service.” —Albert Brooks

This is one of about a dozen books I would snag from my shelf in case a fire broke out at home. [If it wasn’t already been planted in my back seat box of writing stuff…]