Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Top Ten Productivity Pitfalls

I recently saw this on a writing blog and thought how it totally applies to any creative art you may try to endeavor:

Top 10 Productivity Pitfalls for Writers to Avoid

1. Unclear big-picture vision. Without an idea of where you’re headed, it will be impossible to set realistic goals and measure your progress along the way.

2. Lack of short-term goals. You can’t hit a target you can’t see. Knowing your daily, weekly, monthly and annual goals (both practical and aspirational) can help you keep moving in the right direction.

3. Fear. Risk is the hinge on which productivity turns; if we aren’t in danger of failing, we aren’t growing. When we let fear prevent us from taking steps that could bring our writing dreams closer, we limit our opportunities to succeed.

4. Trying to force productivity. Understanding your writing rhythms and honoring them is the key to finding and sustaining a flow you can count on.

5. Shabby systems. If you can’t find the latest draft of your essay, can’t keep track of what you’ve pitched and to whom, and don’t remember that great idea you had last week, you’re limiting yourself needlessly.

6. Lack of awareness about time: If you’re not aware of how you’re spending time, what your time is worth, how you might devote more time to writing, or what you intend to accomplish in each chunk of writing time you do have, you’re not maximizing this most precious resource.

7. Transition turbulence. Work to establish rhythms for everything from sitting down to the blank page to completing a writing session, so that shifts from one project to the next don’t leave you in a lull.

8. Perfectionism. If you wait for your work to be perfect, it (and you) may never leave your desk. Focus, instead, on professionalism—doing the best you can, learning along the way, and understanding that mistakes and failures feed every success.

9. Isolation. Without a social, professional and community context, we’re far more likely to get discouraged, lose our way and miss out on opportunities.

10. Negativity. It’s easy to focus on the negative in writing and in life. But when we turn our attention to what’s working and what we appreciate from moment to moment, our sails turn into the wind.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Monday, 19 July 2010

Apology Letter to a Body

Dearest body,
I am sorry I forgot about you;
I forgot how you clothed me
Sheltered me
Moved me through my life.

Many times I just left you on the shelf,
Or clinging to my skirt:
Feet clanging on the street
Sparks Flying
I could hear your cries
Yet, I did not

I am sorry I did not love you
On the days you needed it the most
Dragging you through what I thought we needed
Not heeding any of your whimpers.

I am sorry I did not celebrate you
When you came through for me;
The works of your hands
Or the way you love to dance
I should have sang you hymns
And praised your efforts

Instead I selfishly took all the rewards

I am sorry I did not think you were beautiful
I listened to all those who said you were worthless
I never said a kind word about your frame
I never rejoiced in your beauty

I am sorry for all the abuse I piled on you
For all the people I let hurt you

I am sorry, my love, I am sorry…

In every sense I have failed you
Yet I see you
Even now, loving me despite it all.

You say, “Let’s start anew”

And I say, thank you…
Today will be our first day together:
I will love you tenderly,
For you are my greatest confident


For my whole being depends on it.

Sunday, 18 July 2010