I'm a morning person. When I'm knee deep in a project (almost always), I usually wake up around 4am and get to work. But there's a few steps that I take first to make sure I'm ready to get after the work at such an early hour. This is what I do, and it's based… Continue reading The Morning Routine
My Story Board. Cal Newport is probably my work MVP over the course of this last year in A New Bloom. Around New Years last year he wrote about his rooted productivity document. To be more concrete, create a single page document that describes the key productivity rules, habits, and systems (which I’ll summarize as… Continue reading My Storyboard
I’ve written two novels. My starting point philosophy is that it’s a lot like exercise or sports–the more you work out the better you’re going to get, but you have to start small. You have to have a good coach, because the fallacy of the 10,000 hours or 10,000 page thing is that you wrote… Continue reading How to write a Novel: Part 1.
Last week, Austin Kleon wrote about how he uses his notebooks and why he uses them. This caused me to think about how I use my notebooks in my newsletter. Here’s a little more detail into how I use my two journals, and a document on my desktop. Scrapbook: I have some small pocket notebooks,… Continue reading On having and using notebooks.
I use my Instagram as a process diary, so it’s filled with photos of what I’m reading and photos of my notebooks and boring shit like that. But this weekend, I thought about posting my current process–for personal posterity reasons–for writing a recent Thought Balloons script. The prompt was in celebration of “home” and celebrated… Continue reading How I write Comics.
Paraphrased and adapted from this post by Charles Soule. DECIDE on what you can do today and do it. I practice this by meditating for ten minutes before I start my day–before a shower sometimes. I focus on my breath, while letting my mind run through all that I have to accomplish that day. Then… Continue reading How I Do It [or “Soule Work” for my students].