It’s crazy to write books and have no one know you’re doing it. I remember finishing a book one day and allowing myself to drive through a fast food joint as a reward, and feeling this compulsion to tell the cashier that I’d just written a novel. I didn’t, of course, but I remember feeling it.

I have friends who run marathons and compete in bike races, and they are always training and working up to these events, and everyone knows these accomplishments are looming and what the results are, so this life-defining hobby is something they’re able to wear on their sleeves. For writers, it’s intensely private and personal. It’s really crazy how much time and effort goes into something that has little chance of winning a large audience. But maybe that’s where the romanticism of writing comes from.

The value of numbers.

  1. How much do 1,000 followers mean if they’re following you for something that you neither believe in nor enjoy?
  2. How much does one follower mean when they’re following you for something you’re passionate, open, and honest about?
“Once true passion hits you, you can recognize all the times in your life when you were chasing the wrong dream. And after you’ve experienced that sustained fulfillment, you’ll never want to settle for anything less.”
— Biz Stone, Co-founder of Twitter, via Things a Little Bird Told Me
“If you don’t wake up excited for the day ahead, and you think you’re on the wrong path, how do you find your way? I always tell people to back into it. Imagine working on something you love. Describe it to yourself. Don’t focus on how much money you want. Instead, think about this: What type of people surround you? What sort of work are they doing? How do you get to work? What adjectives would people use to describe what you do?”
— Biz Stone, Co-founder of Twitter, via Things a Little Bird Told Me

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Just wanted to put in a quick plug for Grandview! I’ve only been using it for a few days now, but I’m loving every bit of it.

Big. Bold. Clear. An exercise in simplicity, Grandview has no unnecessary features. No distractions. No gizmos. Just the tools to write easily and enjoy each letter up close. The beauty is in the writing process, not just the finished piece.

Essentially, what it does is let you focus on just one word at a time. As you’re typing, that single word fills up the entire screen — and once you hit the spacebar, it disappears, leaving you with a blank screen for your next word. It’s only at the end of a sentence that it displays the full sentence, as pictured above. It doesn’t stick around for long, though, because as soon as you hit the spacebar, it goes right back to a blank screen, encouraging you to keep on writing.

For me, it’s been a huge help. As a perfectionist (and, of course, an editor), I often struggle with getting my words down simply because I’m almost entirely focused on the technical aspects of the writing: the grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, etc. I’ll often spend as much as 5 or 10 minutes on a single sentence!

As you can imagine, this isn’t the most efficient way to go about writing. :-) Highly recommend this app for anyone in a similar situation!

Another insightful post by @pjrvs!

This is something that I think about a lot. Not everyone will like what you have to share, but I am 100% confident in the fact that there is someone who will. The important thing is to not give up before you find them. :-)