All posts tagged habits

  • Writing Dot-to-Dot

    Every once in awhile, we stumble across something and it’s like meeting an old friend. These are things that we used to do or enjoy, but have somehow forgotten completely about them. And, at least if you’re me, you then feel like a complete and total idiot for being such a tool. Eh, it happens.

    This happens to me a couple times a year. I have hereditary forgetfulness passed on to me from my Absent-Minded Professor father. It happened again to me last week. What was interesting was that it involved writing, so it’s pretty embarrassing. You know, the whole being a writer thing makes forgetting something about writing a pretty horrific thing to admit. But I did.

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  • You Need a Plan

    I’m a big fan of outlines. Which is a little strange, because I really love flying by the seat of my pants. And as I spoke about earlier, going off the plan is really easy for me. It’s sort of my default mode.

    Which is why I like outlines. They tell me where I am going and roughly where I hope to end up. If I get too far off track, all I have to do is look at my outline, point my compass in that direction, and usually it turns out okay. So far, I haven’t ended up being eaten by bears in the wilderness.

    But I’m not here to talk about outlines today. Whoops. Just sitting here, pulling the tablecloth out from all the dishes. Don’t mind me. Nope, I’m here to talk about plans. As in, career plans.

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  • In Which Wren Talks About Priorities and Choices

    Original photo by Tony Unruh

    There comes a time in everyone’s life when you realize you need to make priorities. This often comes with a certain amount if humiliation, because you generally have to admit that your priorities are all screwed up. At least that was true for me.

    I’ve mentioned the Year of No Habits and the Year of Shame before. I don’t think I’m quite ready to really talk about them in depth yet, but we’ll get there. We always do.

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  • Why Daily Writing Goals Are Important

    Photo by Angie Torrest

    You’ve heard it before. I know you have. And if you haven’t? Get out from under that rock. All together now: The only way to be a writer is to write. Whew, got that out of the way.

    Sorry to be yet another echoey voice in the chamber, but there’s a reason that gets touted out so often. It’s the only piece of writing advice that is applicable to 100% of people who want to be or are presently writers. If you’re not writing then, sorry, but you’re not a writer. That goes for me, too.

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  • Why I Stopped Listening to NPR in the Car and Will Never Go Back

    Confession time: I love NPR. A lot. I’ve been listening to their podcasts (Science Friday, what up!) with a devoted regularity for over five years. I look forward to Mondays because they mean new This American Life.

    Some people really hate NPR. I do not understand these people, and may secretly harbor pity for them. The reporting is sharp, the stories interesting, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to learn something new. It’s the holy grail of radio.

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