Today’s 500 word challenge–Lists
I’m a day behind Jeff G’s prompts.
Reasons for my being a day behind
- I’m an incorrigible.
- I’m generally a day late.
- I’m a dollar short.
- I’m usually both.
Reasons why I like writing
- I can spew frustrations
- I can show admiration.
- I can share gratitude.
- My email messages are a preferred platform.
- I can remind myself what’s important.
- I can shine the light on good work by others.
- I can make fun of myself.
- I can make fun of others.
- I can repeat my sentence openings till they bore readers into submission.
- I can share my adventures in the kitchen.
- I can let loose in first draft mode.
- I can figure out what really is bothering me.
Reasons why I don’t like writing
- It’s too solitary.
- It takes away from time with family and friends.
- It doesn’t yield immediate rewards.
- It takes energy from other tasks.
- It can be or at least feel like a time-suck.
- It makes me wonder what is important. And yes, in the previous list, it can remind me what IS important.
- It can make me vulnerable.
- The results of writing can be confusing and unsettling.
- I spend too much time writing for correctness and clarity to the point of taking the fun out of it.
Reasons to keep exercising
- Great release of energy.
- I can still read or watch TV while exercising.
- It keeps me focused on healthier eating. I mean, why do the exercise if I’m going to undermine it with a bad diet? I think I’ll mull over that with a bowl of tortilla chips in front of me.
- It helps me maintain strength and flexibility.
- That’s a lie about flexibility because I rarely stretch after exercising.
- It opens up the neural and intellectual pathways. I get some of my best, or at least most exciting ideas while exercising.
- It gets me outside, even in bad weather.
- When I’m done, I feel like I’ve accomplished something.
Ways I can multitask
- I can listen to podcasts while doing mundane chores.
- I can read while exercising.
- I can write while exercising.
- I can listen to podcasts while mowing the lawn.
- I can exercise while watching college football games.
Reasons I bake
- It’s creative.
- I can share the results with friends, neighbors, and spouses.
- I like using my intuition rather than measuring spoons. [It’s the rebel in me. ;->]
- It is comforting, especially on a Sunday afternoon.
- The aromas fill the house.
- So much variety, so many calories, so little time.
- Baking brings people together.
- It’s fun to share the experience on my blog.
Favorite podcasts I listen to
- The Creative Penn
- Side Hustle School
- Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn
- Louder Than Words Bookcast
- The Sell More Books Show
- You Are a Writer
- Show Your Work
- Write It Down, Make It Happen
- Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days
- Charlotte’s Web
- If You Can Talk, You Can Write
- The War of Art
- Turning Pro
- Do the Work
- Waiting for the Magic
What have I learned from podcasts?
- Inspiration is good. Inspiration with action is better.
- Keep writing and, according to Brian Clark, keep going.
- Writers should keep in touch with repurposing their work into courses, ebooks, anthologies, etc.
- Sometimes you have to stop listening to podcasts and just get to work. [Pat Flynn discovered that.]
- It took Pat Flynn at least 18 months after he first recorded himself to finally post a podcast. [Lesson: Resistance and wavering confidence victimize pretty much everybody.]