Weekly Writing Inspiration: May 3, 2013

I’m a little bit late getting around to this post this week but I’ve been a bit busier than I anticipated. Still, there is inspiration to be found everywhere and I want to take a moment to share that with you.

  1. New clients. Oh how I love the sweetness of getting a new client! It’s exciting. It’s full of potential. Things haven’t gone horribly, horribly wrong. Not that I’m saying things typically go wrong with my clients, but the thrill of new prospects keeps me focused and engaged in my work. All of my work. Old projects and new.

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    Source: Alan Cleaver

  2. Taking risks. Going out on a limb. Plunging off the precipice. However you want to phrase it, embarking on new things is exciting. This is sort of related to number one on this list but it doesn’t have to do with clients per se. It’s more about my own efforts to expand my business and brand. Sorry for the vaguery, but I’ll offer more details as I have them. In short: I’m excited.
  3. Awesome talks that are awesome by Neil Gaiman. Seriously, stop what you’re doing and watch this video right now I’ll wait. Did you watch it? If you did you should be filled with a warm fuzzy sensation that spreads from the top of your head, down to your fingertips and out through your toes. This sensation is likely caused by microscopic kittens twitching their whiskers. The video is from a commencement address Gaiman gave at the University of the Arts in 2012. It’s called “Make Good Art,” and it’s actually being released as a book soon. I may need to buy this. 

And off we go into another weekend. What’s inspired you this week? Anything I should know about?

New Contributor to Fit Journey

197345_257590267709483_1812477838_nGood news, ladies and gents! I was just contracted as a contributor to Fit-Journey.com. I’ll be writing eight articles a month for the site, covering the gamut of health and fitness topics from workout info to food ideas to lifestyle tips.

You can check out my latest article here:

5 Reasons NOW is the Time to Get Healthy

I’ll be posting snippets of articles as they’re published in the future. I’m excited to be writing about health and fitness. It’s a niche that is near and dear to me because it marked the beginning of my writing career. Thanks to Julia for the warm welcome to the team!

Article Output Challenge for 9-24-09 Winner Revealed!

914885_winners_diceThe day has come to an end and one lucky person has guessed the correct number of articles I wrote today. A simple task, but it helped to keep me motivated throughout the day. 

People submitted their guesses via the comment section and via tweets. So, without further adieu, my total number of articles completed was: 

9!

That means @screenwritr, who submitted a revised guess at the last minute, wins! I think I might not allow revising bids in the future, but since I didn’t specify this time, you’re the winner! Contact me with your shipping address and my copy of The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum is yours.

I think this was a decent success with seven entries–not too bad for my new blog. Maybe it’ll be a weekly thing? Or whenever I have a book to give away?

Thanks to everyone for playing and for helping me stay motivated. You guys rock!

Article Output Challenge: September 24, 2009

1176000_black_notebook_with_pencilI’m issuing a challenge. No, not to you. But if you want to play along, you’re more than welcome. This challenge is intended to get my butt in gear and I want you to watch. Okay, that sounded wrong. 

The objective of this challenge is to write as many articles as I can tomorrow between the hours of 9am PST to 4pm. PST, not including a break between 1 and 2 for lunch. So that’s, wait, let me do some math here–six hours of article writing time. 

I hardly ever write straight through like this. My work day usually looks something like this:

  • Outline an article
  • Start researching
  • Surf the web
  • Finish researching
  • Hit up Twitter/Facebook, Huffington Post, YouTube and generally waste time
  • Write article
  • Edit article
  • Repeat process

As you can imagine, this isn’t a very productive process for me. Let me put it to you straight: I need to up my output. That’s where you come in.

My dear readers, you will act as my shame police tomorrow. Post in the comment section how many articles you think I can write tomorrow (Thursday) between the hours of 9am and 4pm. I did a mini-version of this contest last week and I managed four 400-word articles in two hours. As a hint to you, that was somewhere between slow and average writing pace for me.

I’ll accept guesses on my article output all day tomorrow, as I won’t let slip how many I’ve actually written until after 4pm. 

So, what’s in it for you? This:

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I have a used copy of The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum sitting here that needs a home. I enjoyed it but I am completely (and I mean completely) out of shelving space. 

Go ahead, take a stab at how many articles I can write in six hours tomorrow. If you’re on the money (or the closest guess) I’ll be in touch for your shipping address. Yes, you’ll get a free book just for guessing how many articles I manage to write. It’s just that simple. 

What are you waiting for? Have at it, folks. I look forward to hearing your guesses and getting to work in the a.m.!