Here’s my writing process:
- Think about [subject] for days/weeks/months.
- A sudden “A ha!” hits me out of nowhere and my writing brain fires up unexpectedly, without warning, usually at the most inconvenient time.
- Get it out of my head, fully formed, as quickly as possible as if possessed by some demon spirit.
- Ship it.
No shitty first drafts. No sloppy copies. Even my longest work has followed this pattern from think about things long and hard to coming out fully formed.
My writing process flies in the face of every “writing guide” I’ve ever read.
I say this to let you know that there is no one true way except the way that is true for you.
Nicolas Bate has the personal finance basics you need. I’ll add a couple of others…
- Having more money is something out of your control. Spending less is something squarely within it.
- Aggressively reduce your overhead. Find ways to knock off payments and keep them off.
Everyone seems to be posting their iPhone home screens today. Here is mine. It should surprise no one that mine is very intentional. Organized for only the things I really regularly use. Everything else hidden away.
My reading list has been brought current. I’m at a much slower pace than previous years. I’m a slow reader. I’m OK with that.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
— Kenneth Mason, my Dad, stated his plan of action to me today. His action plan for the yard can be an action plan for life.
“You realize, Aunt Emily, that people do talk about you. They feel sorry for you, that you spend so much time in your room alone. It must be terrible to be so deprived.” In answer, Emily pantomimed locking the bedroom door from the inside and said, “Just one turn of the wrist, Mattie, and then freedom.”
James delivers a wonderful bit of creative inspiration from Emily Dickinson.