How do writers stay in shape? They usually don’t. But writers (and all creators) do have to keep their minds in shape over the decades if they hope to maintain that career or hobby. The mind gym It’s now been 36 years since I started publishing and I
I love this from Tim Stoddart [https://www.timothygrant.co/]: > “Hate to break it to you, but the people who read my morning blog read my worst work. Which is actually the point. This is my warm up. This is my set of jumping jacks before I do burpees. This
It’s simple, but difficult — as most good things are. On Christmas Day 2010, the first day of my honeymoon, I wrote my first journal entry, starting a streak of daily journaling that has lasted 10 years. A few months into my journaling, Day One [https://dayoneapp.com] came along
This one is kind of related to journaling [https://www.cjchilvers.com/journal-for-whats-now/] , in that it clears your head of recurring thoughts (open loops) that often lead to increased anxiety. Every morning, set aside some time to start your day by writing in a stream-of-conscience way. No editing. No censoring.
I started journaling in 2010 for all the wrong reasons. I did it mostly for legacy — so there'd be some record of my life after I'm gone. That wasn't a good reason. 1. No one will want to read it. 2. No one reads anymore (except you). 3. No one
Back in 2011 [https://www.cjchilvers.com/day-one/], I wrote about a new journaling app called Day One [http://dayoneapp.com]. Since then, I've written something in that journal every day. For a few years I even included a daily photo. There have been some hiccups along the way. When
> “I’m sometimes mystified by people who keep diaries. I never thought of my existence as being that important.” — Saul Leiter [http://lightbox.time.com/2013/02/19/a-casual-conversation-with-saul-leiter/#1] (a pretty important artist)