February Link Love: Facebook phreaks, focus weeks and creative writing angst

February link love: Facebook phreaks, focus weeks and creative writing angst

Time for a new segment on OhSoSensitive!

I thought I’d start sharing more of all of the amazing and inspiring stuff that I read, that I think you’d be interested in as well. While also sending some link love to well-deserving people. ❤️

So from now on, at the end of each month, I will put together a collection of the most helpful and inspiring stuff I've read or watched that month. Let's kick it off, shall we?

Here are my best reads this month:

Writer, photographer and soulful coach Hilary Rain wrote beautifully about the fear and stress of pursuing a meaningful career, and remembering who you are and what your real purpose is:

“Not having to give myself the leftovers of my own life.
This is the point.
Getting an email of gratitude over something I created that helped someone. 
This is the point.
Not being slave to an alarm clock in the morning.
This is the point.”

Read the full post here.

Cal Newport wrote an interesting post about the increasing number of people who “deploy aggressive tactics and tools to reshape Facebook into something that provides them exactly what they need, without all the other frustrating noise.”

This was so fun to read, since I have recently “quit” Facebook in every aspect except for my use of the Messenger app and a few groups. I installed the Chrome extension “Facebook Newsfeed Eradicator” a few months ago, so I won’t have to see the annoying feed of auto-playing videos, ads and irrelevant updates.

“Members of this group are also quite suspicious of the Facebook news feed — a source of engineered distraction sprinkled with injections of social inadequacy and annoyance.”

So I guess I’m what Cal calls a “Facebook phreak”. Oh yeah. 😎

Read the full post here.

My friend and awesome blogger colleague Agnes of Cashew Kitchen, write about using focus weeks in her business to increase her focus and productivity. 

“I’m beginning to understand that I am the only one who can make things happen in my business. I can’t wait around for other people to present an opportunity to me (although if they do and I like it, I will happily jump onto it!), and I can’t wait for myself to “get inspired” either.
Ultimately it comes down to planning your time realistically, remove distractions and do the work.”

I am so inspired by this and excited to try it out for myself. I see immense benefits from focusing on just one big task per day, so I imagine that one big task per week might give me even better results. Especially with something as big and focus intensive as writing a book. 😊

Read the full post here.

Self-publishing powerhouse and super-inspiring podcast host Joanna Penn held a webinar for non-fiction writers who want to write fiction. In other words, for me. ❤️

"I used to work writing technical specs and that sorts of writing. So, it was a massive shift for me to become a creative writer. I asked nonfiction writers why they weren’t actually writing fiction and these were the most common things. And they were true for me as much as anyone. 'I’m not creative enough to write fiction' or 'I didn’t have any story ideas'."

I worship Joanna like my very own creativity goddess. Her podcast The Creative Penn is what I listen to for hours while walking or taking a bath. And she blows my mind with all the advice, inspiration and practical tips she gives away.

Read or watch the webinar here.

Speaking of writing, Rosie Leizrowice wrote about the very real agony of being bad at what you love doing. 

“I was desperate to be a good writer. Yet I felt that painful disconnect between my taste and my abilities with every word I wrote. I spent every spare moment writing, only to delete most of what I typed and shred endless notebooks. To see the dissonance between my own work and that of people I admire(d) was agonizing.”

This feeling is exactly why I’m having such a hard time writing fiction. That Ira Glass quote she mentions in her post - it was a turning point for me when I read it a few months back, and I have to remind myself of it all the time. 
The only way to ever get past this is by pushing forward anyways. Enduring your own mediocrity until your skills are more aligned with your taste. Eventually, with enough practice, it will happen. 

Read the full post here.