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Making Time To Take Time

28 Jun

Life has a way of getting away from you.  I am living proof of this.  Between doctors appointments and health concerns, Kids, vacations, work, cleaning and an occasional nap, life seems to take over my life.  
SO, I guess, today what I’m saying is as much to remind myself as to remind everyone else that it’s really important to take care of yourself mentally as well as taking care of everyone and everything in your life physically.  It might be way over stated and way over cliché, but if you don’t take time (even a little time, even stolen moments hiding in the bathroom at work) to nurture your mind (reading or writing, messaging yourself with your phone about things to write about, or better yet writing about them) you will quickly burn out and not be able to handle nearly as much of the other stuff either.  
Find what nurtures your creativity, and run with it.
Take time to take time.
And when you can’t take time, invent time to take.  Five minutes while the coffee is brewing, fifteen minutes while you are walking the dog, or even during your commute.  You can call yourself and leave yourself voice mail, record a voice memo, or use the voice recognition feature on your technology to record and translate a note.  Even a few words at a time are often enough to keep yourself sharp and start to meet your deadlines (the ones you set on yourself, or the ones imposed upon you).
Remember, this matters.  It matters because it matters to you.  It’s no one’s business but your own what you do in the bathroom…. and just think of what you can do with five or even ten minutes!
Write a haiku
describe the sounds around you
Better yet, capture the conversations you hear around you! (this is awesome to do in the bathroom because people kind of let there guards down).
You never know when you will have the occasion to be able to go back and realize that you can use whatever things you snatched in your five minutes here or there to add spice to your work!

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You’ll Never Be Perfect

5 May
procrastination

“Because to procrastinate is easier than working.”

It’s true. You never will be be. But you can use the gold standard of perfection to better yourself, to push yourself forward. How? One word – procrastination. Let’s explain that. Procrastination is something we do in order to avoid working. It’s natural, but it can be pretty habit-forming and time-consuming. You might find yourself  with six spare hours, a quiet house, and a blank computer. You’ll think – ‘Perfect! All the peace and quiet I need to polish off the last three chapters of my thriller mystery novel!’. Six hours later, you’re still on Reddit. Or Facebook. Or whatever you do to waste time. Because to procrastinate is easier than working.

The subject of procrastination has been, as we say in the field, ‘run into the ground’. So we won’t go into too much detail about the subject. In fact, we’ll cut the procrastination and get right to the point – how to avoid it.

If you write a lot, or even a little, there’s probably several projects you’re working on, a few separate things you’re writing. So write them down. Make a little list of what you could be writing. For me, it goes something like this – a post for The Writer’s Corp, a Hebrew short story for a book, a chapter in another book, a post for my site, or an article for a newspaper. These are all things I need to write. So I make a list of them.

The secret to solving procrastination is to define your goals. Knowing exactly what you have to do is the first step to getting them done. So write down all the things you have to do, and start with the one that looks the most enjoyable to write. Try to do all the things on your list.

Now, the point is that you will not accomplish everything on your list. You might only do one or two of them. Don’t let that discourage you – remember, just a minute ago you were having trouble starting. The trick is to get going, to start writing – to start is the hard part. Aim higher than you can realistically do at once, and just knowing what you want to write can be an excellent way to get yourself writing.

At the end of the day, you may not have accomplished all your goals. Not every checkbox will have a check in it. But you’ll have made progress, and you’ll have beaten your procrastination.

When Nesher Ehrman succeeds in beating his procrastination, he also writes poems and short stories, which can be found at his site.

Spiderman Could Destroy Superman in a Fight

5 May
superman imageLet’s open with a question. Why would I give a post on The Writing Corp’s page a title like that? Spiderman has nothing to do with writing. Neither does Superman. How are they related?
Good question. The thing is, though, it’s not about two random superheroes, each of which either could or could not hypothetically take each other in a fight. It’s about the title itself. (And, anyways, Spiderman doesn’t really stand a chance against Superman, we all know that. What’s he going to do, shoot web at him?)
Let’s talk about titles.
Why are titles important? They’re just a way of telling stories or books apart from each other, aren’t they? Well, no. Titles are much more than that. A title is to a short story what a face is to a person. Whether you’re writing a short story, a novel, an article – even a blog post – the title is always the part people will see. Whether the title is good will determine if the title is just the first part that people will see of your work, or the only part.
I’m sure you’ve heard it said “don’t judge a book by its cover”. That saying is patently false. You should always, completely and absolutely, judge a book by its cover. The cover is what the author chooses to show you as an illustration for his book. An author makes an informed choice about his cover art and design in order to pull in potential readers. The cover is there so that you can judge the book. And the same rule holds true for titles.
So when you write something, whatever it is, make sure that the face of your work is the best part. Make the title engaging, informative, or even provocative. Don’t forget – people are choosing whether to read your writing based on those few words which you choose for your title. So make it good. Steal the stage. Provoke. Dare. Intrigue. Inspire.
And absolutely never, ever, forget, that Superman would beat Spiderman any day of the week.
To read more words by Nesher Ehrman, pay a visit to his appropriately titled website at nesherehrman.wordpress.com/

 

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