Tuesday, December 22, 2015

GIFTS, AND A GOOD SLIDE

post by Lynn

A short post for the shortest day of the year.

Remember that we’re still here. The national and world news is sometimes bleak, but at least the earth is still whirling around the sun. The world didn’t end, along with the Mayan calendar, on the December Solstice three years ago. Some thought it would.

As writers, we’re still telling stories and readers are still reading them. That’s a gift I never want to take for granted.

And tomorrow, the light will start returning and the days will get longer. Woo hoo!

Speaking of gifts, here are a few that I am regifting from the internet to you. You're not against regifting are you?


THE GIFT OF CHANGE

If you want to cultivate better writing habits in 2016 (and who doesn't?), read this post by James Clear on the chemistry of building habits.

I think he’s on to something there. I'm going to work on reducing my activation energy in 2016--mark my words.




THE GIFT OF STORY

In this video, filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story" and "WALL-E") shares what he knows about storytelling, which obviously is a lot. Warning: contains spicy language and a naughty joke. (Now I know you’ll watch it--don’t say I didn’t warn you!)



THE GIFT OF INSPIRATION

A diverse group of writers, including Dave Barry, Kim Stanley Robinson and Charles Johnson riff on the subject of revision.

In under four minutes, this video is bound to make you itch to get at that next draft, soon.




THE GIFT OF TIME-LESSNESS

Feeling frantic? ‘Tis the season.

Take a moment to read this very short post by Allison Stadd, titled “Screw Inbox Zero: Here’s a Better Plan” on 99U (a website for creatives that I highly recommend).
“Luxuriate in the absence of time-tracking, and just immerse yourself in the deep creative, contemplative thinking that can’t happen when you’re even subconsciously, subtly aware of how many minutes have gone by."



In conclusion, my friends...

Und eine gute rutsch


...which is a phrase my sister, Sally, taught me. It's a wish in Swiss German for "a good slide" into the new year.

Be safe and enjoy the light of the holidays.

And thank you, so much, for visiting this blog—it's a gift Susan and I will always cherish.





3 comments:

  1. Thanks, Lynn. Some good advice here. I particularly liked the video on revision. All agreed that a writer needs to revise, but when and how is different for each of us. I even find that my process changes with each piece. Some times I revise as I go along. On others I finish a rough draft, then revise by cutting severely, and then I get to the more polishing kind of revision. The last stage, the polishing, is a constant though. And all of it is fun.

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  2. It IS fun, isn't it? I cringe when writers moan about the pain of writing, because while it is extremely challenging to me, it's still fun. I wouldn't do it if it wasn't!

    But it's almost as if we aren't supposed to talk about that aspect of writing, lest we receive a "You aren't a serious writer, then" glare. Thanks for chiming in.

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  3. Of course writing is fun! There are un-fun parts, but the whole is always a joy. Thank you for re-gifting these nuggets of knowledge!

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