Article: “Not Busy, Focused”

Did you wake up this morning, immediately turn on some kind of technology—your phone, your computer—and get down to work? Me too.

I’ve spent the last few years trying to be far more mindful of slowing down, taking my time, and being present. But sometimes I slip, and these past two weeks have been fast, quick, and over before I knew it.

Life is not a race, and just because we’re busy doesn’t mean we’re being productive or even doing things to our best ability. Here is an article that never fails to remind me of that—and what to do about it:

“Take a look around: everyone is multitasking. We’re doing more than we’ve ever done, attempting to fill every interstitial zone with more work. Every downtown scene is the same: heads tilted downward, faces lost in glowing screens, technology turning people into zombies …”

Trigger Warnings in Books

I’m finishing up the copy editing of a YA novel about the power of women to rise up, speak against, and defend against sexual assault.

There are scenes of groping, voyeurism, and an older man making unwanted advances toward a teenage girl. Though nothing graphic is described, I’ve still had nightmares.

Currently, there is no content warning in the front of the book, and this has me wondering:

Do you feel that publishers and authors have a responsibility to readers to make a book’s content clear through trigger warnings?

Leave a comment, and let’s get a conversation going!

Instagram for Writers

I’m currently working with a wonderful writer who is setting up her first Instagram account. It can seem intimidating, but if you’re not taking advantage of the unique social media platform, then you’re missing out. And once you get going, it’s nowhere near as complicated as you might think!

Here’s some help to get you started …

Daring Greatly

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely at least heard the name Brené Brown. She’s “spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy.” What do any of those have to do with writing? Plenty.

Every one of you writers out there knows how much courage it takes to put a single word on the page, how vulnerable it makes you feel to pursue publishing those words, how much shame you feel when you get a “no” (how in the world do we not take that personally?!), and how much empathy you feel when you meet another writer struggling out there in the world.

So if you’re feeling a little low about it all, I highly recommend two things:

  1. Try reading one of Brown’s books, like Daring Greatly or The Power of Vulnerability.
  2. Watch one of Brown’s TED Talks or her new Netflix special, The Call to Courage.

You will find that you are not alone, you are not powerless, and you are not done!