December 13 – Action When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step? (Author: Scott Belsky)
I think it’s very interesting that I got stuck on this “action” prompt. And 750 Words is shouting at me, “Oops, missed this day,” for two days in a row. I think the beginning of it was too many manic ideas and not knowing which idea I want to act upon, and this has been a season of inaction and procrastination.
I quit my job and haven’t acted on much to make money, get back in school, or solve my finances. Instead I’ve been “exploring myself,” and don’t get me wrong. I find infinite value in this, but until I’m independently wealthy or have that million dollar idea, I need to take responsibility and get acting on my resume and take care of finances that are staring me very rudely in the face.
So I guess I need to get acting, stop writing, and work on my resume … as soon as I catch up on my prompts!
December 2 – Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta)
I guess the worst thing that I do everyday that doesn’t contribute to my writing is thinking I’m not a writer. I can’t even think about how many times I’ve looked into writing blog posts for some extra cash and thought I didn’t have the skills to write something compelling enough, not sassy or punchy enough. I think how that kind of writing doesn’t contribute or relate to my career, but even now in my career, I’m published. I got paid and my name is on the front cover.
Then I go back and think about all the times I was praised for my writing and I have that running dialogue in my head about how I can improve my writing. Thank you, Lynda Barry, you are Queen of the Universe, and I will take your writing class someday. But that reminds me that I do need to pick up your book again for inspiration, for a pep talk. Really, you’re amazing because I know you’re confident in me all the way from Wisconsin.
And I’m always surprised at how easily a story can pour out of me given a prompt. Why should I poo-poo my almost daily chats with a friend when one thought, a few words, and next thing I’ve written a sexy short story that had someone else written it, I would have paid to read.
So part of my challenge will be to write 750 words a day. Today, I’ve already written over 2000 to catch up in this experiment that I already love. Thanks, Blondie for funemployment times.