These days it seems you have to be a pro in anything you do. It also seems a lot of people use the word pro as a sort of moniker to set themselves apart from everyone else, even if they are as far from a professional as the dark side of the moon is from the sun. First of all, I want to point out a simple truth: you don’t have to be a pro in everything you do. That would be an unrealistic and also a psychologically unhealthy aspiration. Unrealistic Aspirations I'm saying it would be unrealistic because even if we humans are able to adapt to many different situations, and with the right … [Read more...] about What Does It Mean Being a Pro?
Writing fiction requires a balanced mix of concentration and carefree madness that can be frustrating to strike at times, but whose fruits give me a deep sense of accomplishment. However, even if when I write I can jump from place to place in the blink of an eye, and can take on as many different personalities as I want to, my body isn't impressed by any of these mental feats. Not in the least. On the contrary, after a while I've been sitting at my desk pounding on the keyboard (and pounding is just the right word, for it's not a rare occurrence that of my wife asking me to be a bit … [Read more...] about How I Keep in Shape and Improve Productivity
Lock-down. The word has been gaining wider and wider use over the past two decades. But while till a couple of months ago it was related almost exclusively to fiction and some occasional circumscribed crisis, now it's enjoying sudden and widespread use in everyday discourse. However, today I'm not going to look at how we use this word, nor am I going to debate whether or not governments have the right to declare a lock-down -- so limiting their citizen's freedom. My scope is way more specific. In fact, I'm going to tackle a simple question -- one that comes up pretty often among the … [Read more...] about So Much Time, so Little Writing — and a Thought About Freedom
These are difficult times. Of sudden and unforeseen change. Of fear. Of loss. We are not in a videogame where a game-over is always followed by a new game. In the here and now of our life we don't have second chances -- biologically speaking. Of course, we can debate about karma and reincarnation, and resurrection all we want. But irrespective of the outcome, no faithful I've ever spoken to believes we'll just keep on living as we did before -- as if after a banal game-over, where you only have to insert coin to start a new game. I'm writing this trying to be as cool-headed and objective … [Read more...] about Thoughts On Resilience
If you're a writer who works by herself and also has a day job, you can do pretty much what you want with your writing. I mean, as long as you find it rewarding, it doesn't matter whether you follow a particular process or continuously change it. Whether yours is an efficient process or a highly inefficient one. You just write and when you're done, that's it. The Forest From the Trees Instead, the moment you start collaborating with someone else, you're bound to discover you need to implement some kind of process -- you know, to organize and/or streamline the creative process. This … [Read more...] about Collaborations and Meaningful Connections
Time ago I read Mini Habits by Stephen Guise. Let me tell you just one thing. The book can be extremely useful, and the reason is simple: it pinpoints with extreme clarity one crafty way we can overcome procrastination. In a nutshell, the reasoning is about setting goals that are so simple and unambitious we can’t even start considering procrastinating them. For instance, if you want to get fit you can set a training session of one minute or just don your workout gear. You’ll discover that once you’re working out, you’ll do it for longer than the planned … [Read more...] about Habits, Mini Habits, and Self-Knowledge