You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly

 Hannah Wiginton

“You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly… Accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.” - Jennifer Egan Hannah's Writing and Marketing Newsletter -🎈 Sent 2X-3X a Month -
Hi there,

Here are a few thoughts, articles, and helpful tools for the week. Enjoy!
 
//1//  How to Decorate Your Tweets and Other Social Media – my article
Check out these 4 tips to enhance your tweets and other social media posts.
“Add some variety to your posts and you’re sure to get some positive engagement from your fans and followers!”
Read more of my articles on my website – Hannah Wiginton Articles

DESIGN
Be entranced by Gal Shir! He creates detailed illustrations on his iPad and makes a video documenting the illustration process.
 
Watch the entire video and his other videos on his Twitter feed.

WRITING
“You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly… Accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.”

                                                            – Jennifer Egan 

Read the entire article – Jennifer Egan on Writing, the Trap of Approval, and the Most Important Discipline for Aspiring Writers

My favorite insight she offers: Exercising is a good analogy for writing. If you’re not used to exercising you want to avoid it forever. If you’re used to it, it feels uncomfortable and strange not to. No matter where you are in your writing career, the same is true for writing. Even fifteen minutes a day will keep you in the habit.

READING
Book Recommendation: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Author: Claire North

Synopsis:Some stories cannot be told in just one lifetime. Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now. As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. “I nearly missed you, Doctor August,” she says. “I need to send a message.” This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow. 

My Review: This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Harry August lives life over and over again. He dies and is always reborn. The story is strange and contains lots of twists and turns. 

Another recommendation: The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americas Wealthy

The premise of the book is based on studies that millionaires aren’t always the loud and flashy people but instead those who bargain shop for cars, fix things at home, and other seemingly small but significant choices. 

HELPFUL TOOL
I’ve been using a wonderful software tool for organizing, Notion, for quite some time. Notion is a digital workspace to organize all your data. You can use it for business or personal. It’s a notebook, tables/database (think connected data), storage for files and images, and so many other things. It’s easy to customize and has been labeled the ‘Legos’ of software.

Here’s a picture of my personal dashboard:

notion


If you need to organize data and information in your life, Notion is a superb way to make it happen! They have both free and paid plans so you can use it either way. They have tons of starter templates to give you a boost in creating your dashboard. Go check it out!

EXTRA
Sometimes at work, I need a way to maintain focus and ignore sounds around me when I’m trying to write. I’ve learned some background noise turned up slightly drowns out the noises of others around me. MyNoise is an online background noise and interactive soundscapes tool. 

I use this at least 3 to 4 times a week to help me focus. They have over 200 different sound generators from Natural Noises like forests and rivers to Industrial like Laundromats and Factories and everything in between.
 
The one I use the most is the Irish Coast. My second favorite is Summer Night Thunder (turn up the Rain and Thunder slider and turn down the Wildlife slider).


Thanks for hanging out,


Hannah


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About the Author

I’m Hannah Wiginton. Writing is my thing! ✍
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