Thursday, March 24, 2016

Day 24, Thursday, March 24th


Working on (at least) two things has four potential benefits: First, It gives us the chance to shift gears, and refresh our mind so we can come to back to our WIP with a fresh perspective. It’s almost as good as setting a manuscript aside for a while, and coming back to it weeks later.

It teaches us focus and discipline, because it forces us to call up the muse “on demand.” It is good practice for us to do, even if we’re on a roll.

It helps us be more productive and learn to meet deadlines. Last, switching back and forth helps keep us fresh, and … awake. As a wise man once told me, “A change is as good as a rest.”-  J.M. Clark

Creativity Kick-Starter
Inch by inch, row by row
Gonna make this garden grow.
Today we’re going to make a huge garden, overflowing with vegetables and flowers, full of life. We’re going to plant each seed, each bulb with care. We’ll sweat. Our backs will ache. We’ll have dirt under our fingernails for weeks. But the result will be amazing.

And when we’re done we’re going to go inside and sit at our computer or with our notebooks and we’re going to create more life, this time on the page.
- PJ Switzer

Writing Sprint
(Use the sentence as inspiration for a story)

Sam rang the doorbell and waited. His heart beat faster as an electric thrill ran through his body. Six dates and this woman still made him nervous.

Let's get the mojo going. 
Set your timer for 15 minutes 
and write fast & furious. 
- PJ Switzer

Ready. Set. Go!

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Productivity Pointers

The inspiration for my great
Years ago I got a poster for the sixth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from Barnes & Noble. I had it laminated and hung it up in my office. 

It was there to remind me that great success can come from the bleakest circumstances. If Rowling could rise from the edge of poverty to richest woman in England, then I could start from my current spot and become whatever I wanted. 

(Okay, well maybe not an astronaut. Unless NASA suddenly wants goddess sized, middle aged woman in the space program. But I never really wanted to be an astronaut anyway. So there.)

I encourage you to surround yourself with reminders of what’s possible.
- PJ Switzer

Are you a bit of an iconoclast? Then you'll enjoy the website The Renegade Writer.

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