Nov 10, 2003 - Don't Work...Play
Volume 2, Issue 32
The weekly ezine with a road map for
"Be better writers today
than we were yesterday."
Thought for the Week - Don't Work...Play
When is the last time you played Solitaire on your computer?
A quick game may be just what you need to improve your productivity!
The latest research from the University of Utrecht showed how playing computer games can increase productivity and job satisfaction. Similar to a coffee break, playing a quick card game gives your brain a chance to relax and recharge. Want to know more? Check out the
I have to second this suggestion. Yesterday I spent a big chunk of the day playing Lingo Plus with my oldest. We had a blast, but that little voice in my head was hollering at me, "You didn't get any work done. You should have been doing laundry instead of
playing," and on and on.
But then, last night, I got one of the best ideas for a new book I've gotten in a LONG time. Was it the power of playing all day? Maybe. Maybe not, but I'm definitely going to say yes the next time my son says, "Mom, can we play Lingo? Please?!?"
(Lingo is a combination of bingo and scrabble. The show is hosted by Chuck Woolery on the Game Show Network, and they have an online version. Wanna play, too? Check it out at: http://www.gsn.com
and click on Lingo Plus on the right hand side.)
Thanks for understanding about the delay in newsletters lately. We've
been dealing with health issues again, and unfortunately this newsletter was one of the things I let go. But I used the time to plan some new products and services. I'll be debuting them over the next couple months.
The Organized Writer theme for next year is ...
Write More in 2004(TM)!
Stay tuned. Next week I'll have the complimentary 2004 Writer's Calendar available online.
One of the most common writer's questions (and challenges) is generating new ideas and then communicating them effectively on paper. The Writer's Idea Book by Jack Heffron provides over 400 prompts and exercises to tease your
brain and pull the prose from your mind.
Mrs. West, my junior high English teacher, put quotes on the chalkboard each day, and we spent five minutes writing essays in our journals about the quote. The regularity of this daily exercise flexed our mental muscles.
Jack Heffron's book reminds me of those daily writing exercises.
I've never liked prompts, but I like the ones in this book. Heffron is practical and inspiring while acknowledging just how hard it is to write. His first prompt, in fact, tells you not to write! He suggests setting aside time to write but only if you want to write. If you don't want to write, that's OK. There's just one rule: you just can't do anything else
And then on page 123, he tells you to be keenly aware of every step in a regular household chore. Anyone who can make a writing exercise out of folding laundry has to have found the secret to writing!
M T W T F S S
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 1. Declutter (only 5 minutes)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2. Read (only 5 minutes)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 3. Assess (30 seconds to 5 minutes)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4. Write (at least 5 minutes)
For freelance writers: Use this weekly checklist to find, write and send a query every week of 2003!
__ Make notes on a new idea.
Tuesday: Accounting Day
__ Post your accounting records.
__ Pay bills.
__ Follow up on outstanding invoices and queries.
__ Find a new market using links below.
Thursday: Errand Day
__ Make copies.
__ Return books to library.
__ Make deposit at bank.
__ Finish query and submit.
__ Match your query to the market.
Saturday Weekly Review
__ How was this week?
__ What's up next week?
__ Review your Projects list in your planner and check the
__ Jot the next action steps for your projects on next week's
__ Backup your computer files.
__ Virus scan your computer.
__ Relax and enjoy!
__ Do something fun today!
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