Road Written

-the quest to write- 

Weekend Roundup: Self-Promotion Edition (kind of)

There is something about this living in isolation…

I don’t know what it all means yet, but I know it’s right for me at the moment.

How do I know?

I don’t know. It just feels right.

You get what I’m saying? No. Of course not, because that was all just meandering vague stream-of-consciousness babble.

Moving right along…

This past week was a strange one. I had a couple experiences in which I was exposed to other people my age.

To most of you, being exposed to others in one’s age range may not serve as justification for a strange week, but honestly, most of my experiences so far in Santa Fe have consisted of me and other people at least 15-30 years my senior.

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When History Fails You: Keep the Faith

Very truly the most difficult part of this creative pursuit is not the creativity itself.

It’s not finding moments to work or ideas to explore. It’s not fighting the procrastination.

It’s keeping the faith.

I’m not a religious person, but I grasp what the whole faith thing is.

It’s believing in a thing for which there’s no proof.

Income?

That’s proof that you do work worth some tangible form of payment.

(click below)….

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Weekend Roundup: The Solitary Blogger Edition

And the quest moves ever forward.

Sorry I’m thinking/talking like that. (not sorry.)

I’ve been re-reading Lord of The Rings and given the lack of outside social interaction, Tolkien’s verbiage has taken over my brain a bit.

It’s month three of being an anti-socialite, and indeed I have to carefully navigate the waters of solitude lest I lost my edge. I don’t know what my edge is, but the sentiment there feels right.

There is this risk of my days turning into tunnels. Edit the book, build social media, build my empire, you know, routine stuff.

It’s easy to get lost in there.

So in a way, doing this Roundup holds me accountable to proving that I am not completely living in a bubble.

If there are five new things coming into my life each week, then I must be reaching out somehow or another. Right—right?!

On that note, let’s get to it, as item number one seems quite fitting for our little prologue.

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Hey, I'm Meggan. My mission? Help you to pursue your creative dreams. I’ll be sharing all the inspiration, hacks, techniques, and roadblocks that I encounter in the quest to become a self made and paid (!) writer. Come along, won't you?

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You Choose: Feeling Good, Bad, or Right?

As a society, we focus too much on the idea of feeling good.

Everybody should be happy, everybody should be fit, and everybody should feeeeel good!

But it turns out striving toward feeling “good” as our baseline is the wrong pursuit because let’s face it, we just won’t always feel that way.

Instead, if you read on I’ll tell you how to restructure your well-being in a way that’s pressure-free toward feeling good.

(sneak preview: Coincidentally, it turns out that restructuring will also cause you to feel good.)

… click below for more…

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I’m a Writer…Right?

Last night I was talking with a fellow writer friend about those ego-crushing moments when I tell someone I’m a writer.

We all know what’s coming after this admittance:

“Oh, what have you written?”

I muster all the confidence and courage I can and say:

“I’m working on a book and I have a blog.”

Then I smile. Convincingly.

(I hope.)

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Friday Roundup: Writing Hacks Edition

This is what we call a Sunday roundup.
I spent Friday from 4am until past 12am on Saturday either at an airport (16 hours) or in the sky (four hours).
I suppose I spent Saturday emerging from the rabbit hole.
On days like those it is very difficult for me not to beat myself up over lack of productivity. I wonder if listlessness strikes me particularly hard or if this is normal for everybody?
Let’s move on from the boo-hoo, though, for indeed I do have a roundup and a rather writerly one to boot.

The Sunday Friday Roundup:
Writing Hacks Edition

1. Hemingway App Editor
2. Big Notebooks
3. Forest App
4. Inversion Tables
5. Scribophile

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“Motivation is Garbage.” You’re Welcome.

Our brains are designed to protect us from those things because our brains are trying to keep us alive.

And in order to change, in order to build a business, in order to be the best parent, the best spouse—to do all those things that you know you want to do with your life, with your work, with your dreams—you’re going to have to do things that are difficult, uncertain, or scary.

Which sets up this problem for all of us: You’re never gonna feel like it.

Motivation’s garbage.

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Friday Roundup: Seneca, Attachment, and Beets

Apart from hearing things as though through a tunnel, it actually has been a good week.

For one, I’m not dead from an ear infection and for two, I’m alive.

Plus I discovered things—cool things!

So let’s share some, shall we?

The Roundup 2.24

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Making Excuses Go Away…Right Now.

Some people are able to conjure an excuse, banish procrastinated tasks from their mind, and simply go about their day.

My guess is most of us aren’t like that.

Little pangs of guilt, doubt, or anxiety tend to accompany such procrastination, no?

In today’s post, I’m going give you an actionable method on how to stop making excuses and put an end to procrastination.

Really.

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Friday Roundup: Motivation to Procrastinate

We’ve got some random life-enhancing purchases, a superwoman, a look into slave breeding, and an excuse for procrastination!

Even though I mentioned all of those things casually, one is an extremely heavy-but-necessary topic to bring to light.

Can you guess which?

Go ahead and read on to see if you were right…

This is like games!

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How We Use Excuses to Cover Up Grace

The excuses–I realized recently–had been strengthening one another.

They were busting all up in my brainspace, high-fiving each other, blasting pop music while stripping naked and multiplying like rabbits.

They had taken up so much space that there wasn’t even room for my sense of reason to step in and tell everybody sit down and shut the f*ck up.

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Friday Roundup: Creative Hacks You Need

This week’s roundup is good, y’all.

I’m going to say that every week, but every week is going to be good.

We’ve got ways to search the web without having to do stuff, a tweet hack, thoughts for your brain, new music, and a way to unblock creativity!

And a bonus item!

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Recently 30, I’ve pressed the reset button on my life and begun a quest to figure out how to shape this thing called life into exactly what I want. I’m self-educating (read: fumbling blindly) to learn how to make a living as a writer and how to be my own business. I’ll be documenting my progress, blabbling about my travels along the way, interviewing cool people, and hopefully making this fun and inspiring for all of us. Join the e-mail list, come along!

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