I actually won’t elaborate much on this as my eyes and my head can’t seem to cooperate with me today. But don’t you agree that there is beauty in simplicity?
I end my day by making a to-do list of the things I need to do the following day, from appointments like a overdue doctor’s appointment or a business meeting, to daily reminders like exercise (Yes, I need to remind myself that it is part of my day) or drinking medicine, to random tasks like to call somebody or reply to comments on my blog. Every time I fail to make my to-do list, I get derailed from the things that really need my time and laser-sharp focus.
Case in point, while writing this blog post, I got distracted by the pile of dishes and bottles on the sink, which were soaked in warm soapy water to thoroughly remove the oil from the surfaces and I also remembered that I need to drink a cup of caffeine before my exercise routine. See? Maybe it’s how technology has affected my attention span or I have developed a case of ADHD. Go figure.
And what do day-before to-do lists remind me of writing?
Aside from “Will Write for Food” by Diane Jacob, one of the books I’ve been burying my pudgy nose into is “Writing Well” by William Zinsser. It’s been a month of breezing through chapter after chapter very basic yet wise writing advice from someone more experience. I’m not done yet, but I’ve been chewing on his writing wisdom every so slowly to savor and truly digest these into my wannabe writer’s system.
One of the recurring gems of writing tips that I’ve picked up after 13 chapters, which is perhaps the hardest to digest (I’d compare it to an overcooked piece of squid) is that writing is a selfish act. If you want to write well, you have to write for yourself and no one else…then readers will follow.
I’ve been wanting to read Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto for ages. First reason is because she is a Filipino writer. Second reason is because this is her very first novel, which is not published by a local publishing house (whom I have nothing against), but by an international publisher. It is a big deal to get published abroad, especially if it is your very first novel.