The Shape-Shifting First Draft

Let the first draft go wherever it goes. Plan as little as possible. When you go back to your desk to write, pick up where you left off. Don’t use the day to plan the “perfect” story. Think about it like this. If your story is unpredictable to you, imagine how riveted the reader’s gonna be. So let the first draft do its thing. The novel I’m working on now has changed a lot since I first started it almost a month ago. It began as the first-person journal entries of the main character, and it’s shifted to a much …

Help Those Around You

People rack their brains over how they can make a difference in the world. Start with those around you. Give people your love and support. Give people value with your knowledge and skills, not with arrogance, but with the intention of making their lives better. Uplift those around you. It can be a small compliment. It can be covering lunch when a friend is broke. It can be helping someone through hard times. It can just be listening to them. Today, Fernanda was having a down day and wanted to skip our 7pm workout. When people feel negative, they aren’t …

Trump and Special Interest

Trump campaigned everywhere with a similar message, drain the swamp. He promised to rid Washington of big money corruption. Now, I sincerely hope that happens. But judging from his transition team, it doesn’t seem like a priority. He nominated Steve Bannon, a known bigot. Doesn’t exactly jibe with the whole unity theme. Then there are the lobbyists from Verizon and Pfizer, the climate change denier that’s gonna lead the EPA appointments. It’s a damn mess. The transition team seems as establishment as it gets, except for Bannon who’s just a racist. So, here’s to hoping the transition team isn’t as bad …

The World Needs Your Best

Don’t let people make you feel bad for living life your way. (Cue Frank Sinatra) Whether it’s about your career or your sexual orientation, ignore the people that try to bring you down. Listen deep down in yourself. Make the choices that you know will make you feel good. Live out your version of success. Do not let people define that for you. We all have people we’re afraid to fail in front of. We’re afraid of giving it our all, failing, and hearing all the I-told-you-so’s from them. Fuck them. You don’t need them. They are literally holding you …

It’s Okay to Feel Like Shit Right Now

I’m still processing a President Trump. I’m still unsure of what this means, and what I can do about it. And that’s okay. A lot of us are going through a kind of grieving process. It’s okay to feel disoriented. I almost threw out my current project to write about the rise of Trump. I feel a deep drive to make my work matter. But when I sat down to write the story, I was all over the place. I realized I’m not ready to write about it yet. Clearly lots of people have reason to celebrate, but lots of …