A writer who writes is a writer who reads. You have to know what’s going on, what’s being published currently, what you like, and what you don’t like. You only know this by reading.
I currently have a couple books going. One is not new, but has been recommended by so many people that I decided to read it anyway.
Think & Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
Obviously, this is the one that’s not new. I’ve never really been interested in this just based on the title alone. Because of the way it’s written, it wouldn’t be published without a lot of editing today. It’s overly wordy, but there are some Big Truths hidden in here if you’re willing to wade through excessive verbiage to find them. I’m about halfway through it.
YouTube Secrets, Sean Cannell & Benji Travis
If you’re thinking about starting a YouTube channel (or if you already have and feel hopelessly lost), this book is for you! I’ve gleaned a lot of good information from it. I watch Sean & Benji on their YouTube channel Video Influencers and get a lot of good info from them there, so I didn’t expect any less from the book. And it has definitely not disappointed me. If I’m going to really get started on my channel in January, I need to get it in gear & finish reading this.
Girl, Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis
I wanted to like this book. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I seriously expected to love it. But… I don’t. I don’t not like it. I’m just…meh about it. I’ve finished chapter 10 and I don’t know if I’m going to read the rest of it or not. I realize I’m in the minority, but just remember every person won’t like every book. And even if they do, they won’t like it for the same reasons, usually.
That’s what I’m reading at the moment. Have you read any of them? What did you think? Let’s talk about it in the comments.
Back in October, I posted about Creative Self-Care. I have to admit that I haven’t really done that myself. I’ve been in get-it-done mode.
You know how it is.
You have your list. You’re checking it twice. You’re gonna find out who’s naughty… Wait. Wrong list. And I’m not Santa.
Anyway, you have your list and you double- and triple-check to make sure you’re dong everything you want to do. Then a hiccup comes along and makes you adjust your plan, but you’re still determined to get it done.
You don’t take time for you. You get run down. You don’t feel all that great. You’re trying to do everything right, but you’re… just… so… tired.
There are a lot of reasons for it, not just being busy and trying to get things done, but that is part of it.
I’ve decided to lighten up on myself. I’m not going to harp on what I have or haven’t done, because that’s not the point.
I am going to rest. I am going to do things for me. That includes reading and listening to podcasts just for the fun of it. If my wrist cooperates, that means making a “dragon belly” shawl and some dragon-scale fingerless gloves. Or starting them, anyway.
It means slowing down and taking my own advice.
Last year, I started a podcast. It took me a while to decide to do it. I released 10 episodes, plus an introduction. Then…?
I could make up a lot of excuses, but there wouldn’t be any sense in that. Let’s just say I procrastinated and didn’t get any more done. I’ve been thinking about doing it again. I’ve considered changing platforms. Right now it’s on SoundCloud. The thing of it is, the other platforms I considered charge monthly fees. If I keep the episodes short so I don’t use more than my monthly allotted space, SoundCloud is free. So I’ll be staying there for a while.
Upcoming episodes include a bit about my new book (there are people there who don’t read here), creating while ill, practical creativity tips, what I’m reading, what I’m working on, a few creativity tips, exercises to get out of a rut, and more.
Most of my episodes are around 5 minutes. They’re easily digestible and can fit in those spaces where you have just a few minutes and don’t want to or can’t start a 20- or 30-minute episode of another podcast. However, on that note, I am looking to do a few special themed episodes where I would have guests on with me for an interview about their creative process. If you’re interested, send me an email with “Podcast Guest” in the subject line.
I look forward to hearing from you.