“You’re mean,” My six year old said to the 4 year old. “I am going to trade you for a cat,” “Oh yeah? I am going to trade YOU for a cat.” The other one retorts I guess I’m getting cats.
Focus Fox says: The only thing we have to fear in writing is fear itself, well and acquisition editors… and agents… and bad reviews… and social media… and wolves… and cougars. Quick run to your dens.
I know my four-year-old has watched too much Scooby Doo when he lifts a plastic shovel and says, “This is a relic from an ancient civilization. We have a mystery to solve.” What do your kids say?
Focus Fox says: If you are struggling with goals, change them up. Maybe instead of focusing on word count, you should focus on pages. But, if you have to lean in too close to focus, consider glasses.
Focus Fox says: The worst novel on the page is far better than the best novel in your head. Unless placed there by alien tech, then it’s a toss up.
Focus Fox says: If your novel suxs, you can always try burning it in a ritual sacrifice to appease the Muses. Or you could learn from it and make the next one better.
Focus Fox says: Even virtual sprinting with friends can help you get better. Unless we are talking marathon training. I guess you could both run on treadmills. So I take it back, maybe it would help with marathons too.
I was thinking about the web of connections we make in our lives and the method we use to communicate. I’m not a super social person. My day-job is a remote position. I spend my days in wall-to-wall phone calls, wading through email tsunami and IM flood. My order of preference for most communication is…
Focus Fox says: Only by writing first can you keep the distracting internet squirrels at bay. The other option is to shut off the internet.
I’ve a friend who is going to a writer conference in another continent. She also recently lost weight which complicated the packing situation. She talked about starting to pack weeks before the event. I was so impressed. I come from a long line of last minute packers. We are the packers that ten minutes before…