Whew! It’s been a busy week of reading and writing. Below I’ve catalogued some of the posts I’ve read this week that either got me thinking about something or made me chortle. Yes, chortle is actually a word.
Leo gives 31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing. While reading his post, it dawned on me that the problem is not that I have too little inspiration to write, but rather that I have too little time to actually do the writing I’m inspired to do.
A major issue that I’m having is that I spend a lot of time working on the different projects I’ve got going in my life and I’m having difficulty finding the right Work-Life balance. Caroline’s article on How to Find the Right Work-life Balance was really helpful on this matter.
The goal for me is to shift from more low-value work (i.e. stat tracking) to more creative work. And if I can make my creative work faster, I can get more high-value stuff done. Scott over at Scott H Young gives some great insights on How to Speed Up Highly Creative Tasks that helped me reevaluate some of my work processes.
Speaking of creative and destructive forces, Amy at Quiet Rebel Writer has written an insightful post about Making Your First Draft Crappy. Because, well, a crappy first draft is something you can work on, but an empty data file and broken dreams are only good for high counseling bills.
Of course, sometimes you need to be destructive, too. For me, keeping all of my data files in the right place is more difficult than you would think. I drop things I’m actively working on on my desktop, and all the other brain dumplings go into a Brainstorm folder. I’ve been needing to tidy things up for a bit, and Mark’s 5 Tips for an Organized Computer is really helpful on that front.
And then, sometimes you just need to laugh. William’s (who I’ll affectionately call Mac) post on 7 Crazy Web Sites for Escaped Mental Patients provides just that forum. Seriously, watch out for his rise on the blogosphere, and help him out by running over there and pestering him to keep writing. I’ll warn Mac that the massive volume of traffic from my twelve readers may shut down his blog server.
Other noteworthy bits:
- Merlin Mann actually posted some original, insightful commentary that harked back to the days when he used to blog. Talk about a guy stretched too thin…
- Gary Gygax died yesterday. That probably only has meaning for a few people, but the man who gave a creative social outlet to nerds worldwide should be honored. RIP, Gary, and we’ll see you in Greyhawk.
- This week has been this blog’s best week on record. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by and given me a little of their time, and I look forward to hearing from you all in the future.
If you liked this post, please consider subscribing to my feed, commenting, or submitting the post to StumbleUpon or Digg. Thanks for giving me a little slice of your time.