Monday, November 21, 2011

10 Laws of Productivity

These laws are as true for writing as they are everything else. Enjoy.

Here are 10 laws of productivity we’ve consistently observed among serial idea executors:

1. Break the seal of hesitation. A bias toward action is the most common trait we’ve found across the hundreds of creative professionals and entrepreneurs we’ve interviewed. While preparing properly as you start a new project is certainly valuable, it’s also easy to lose yourself in planning (and dreaming) indefinitely. We must challenge ourselves to take action sooner rather than later. The minute that you start acting (e.g. building a physical prototype, sharing a nascent concept with your community), you start getting valuable feedback that will help refine your original idea – and move forward with a more informed perspective.

2. Start small. When our ideas are still in our head, we tend to think big, blue sky concepts. The downside is that such thinking makes the barrier to entry – and action – quite high. To avoid “blue sky paralysis,” pare your idea down to a small, immediately executable concept. Can you trial the idea of a multi-day festival with a smaller performance series? Take an idea for a skyscraper and model it in miniature? Work out the flow of an iPhone app by sketching on paper? Once you’ve road-tested your idea on a small scale, you’ll have loads more insight on how to take it to the next level.

3. Protoype, prototype, prototype. Trial and error is an essential part of any creative’s life. As Ze Frank says, usually when we execute an idea for the first time, it kinda sucks. The important thing is to synthesize the knowledge gained during the process to refine the idea, and create a new-and-improved version. Serial idea-makers like Jack Dorsey, Ben Kaufman, and Studio 7.5 all attest: Prototyping and iteration is key to transforming a so-so idea into a game-changing product. Rather than being discouraged by your “failures,” Continue article here

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Just wanted to say, Thanks

You know what I love? It's you guys. I've been going through a rough spot in, it seems, everything. My life is changing in so many small ways. There seem to be more things to conquer, more things to achieve, and less time to do it all.

This is how naive I am--was. Up until around five years ago. I believed the older you got the easier life got. I'm not talking health wise, at least I know better than that, I mean in general. Things would become easier, I'd mellow out and let things be, well, easy. I used to believe nothing would change in the world and it would skip along like always. I never expected to have to face things like, unemployment, the stock market crippling along so I may not be able to completely retire(Thank you Mr. Obama). Grocery prices and gas prices skyrocketing (ditto above) and strange and unusual things, like the occupy everything gang that won't go away, keep happening. Yep, thought it would all be roses and cream.

Loud buzzer. It didn't happen. I let things get to me and all the sudden I'm crippled with worry and guess what suffers--my writing, my health, my well-being. I hate to keep harping on this. Ya'll must be getting tired of my whining by now, but you put up with it, because in spite of the above paragraph, you guys make things easier. I just wanted to thank you for that. For your support and encouragement. I know it's not just words. Just saying this lifts a huge burden off my chest. Funny how just saying "Thanks" can make a person feel better.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Still loving you guys

We've been updating our home. What a process. It's been a lot of fun and the funnest part is doing it with my husband. It's kind of like re-bonding. I told him before we even started not to get impatient and snappish. He didn't; he was wonderful. What's that got to do with writing? Will, it gives me a great procrastination excuse, though weak.

I'm in a slump. Can anyone give me a reason to continue with my work in progress, or more importantly, promote my novel that has been on the market for about a year. I reread some of my WIP the other day. You know they tell you to walk away from your book after the first draft. I've never been able to do that before, but I kind of did it this time because of my "Slump." I found some rough spots that need to be revised or rewritten, but for the most part, I really liked it. Now I ask you; why is that? Is it because it's really good or is it because I'm in love with my writing? Wouldn't it be better if I disliked it a little bit?

Here's my resolution. I feel like I've let you all down lately with my sporadic posting, so I pledge to blog at least once a week. There, I feel much better.

So, I'm going to be dropping in on you from time to time so you know I still love you and haven't forgotten about you. Until then take care and God bless.

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