Good writing is rewriting. A lesson from On Writing Well.

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Now and Then Update: October 2018

I was updating my now page and thought it was a shame to delete the events from last month. So I’ve decided to write up a kind of “change log” at the start of each month reviewing the last month and highlighting what’s coming up this month. It’s a bit like a monthly review meets journal or whatever.

Then

My goals for last month were - Spending time with my new baby (YES!) - removing and stopping old projects (stopped many, but there are more I should probably stop!) - experimenting with new calligraphy styles (definitely did) - Finishing “the ninja project” (made some progress yesterday but didn’t do much previously) - regular exercise (I got ill at the end of the month and with travel meant this was not a good month)

Some key events in the month were - in-laws coming to visit, thrice - Going to the International Sketchnote Camp in Lisbon - iOS 12 came out with shortcuts. - I returned to work from paternity leave.

Unexpected delights - Arbitrary stupid goal was a fun read - David Spark’s Siri Shortcuts guide was useful - On Writing Well has been a delight - I got my company to pay for me to do the CopyBlogger Content Marketing Certification Course

Now

This month my goals are - Spend time with my daughter - Continue the Copyblogger course (and not fall behind) - Finish the “ninja project” (if possible) - Finish reading On Writing Well - Try some new Calligraphy styles - Get writing portfolio finished - Preparing for NaNoWriMo

Upcoming Events

  • Parents visiting
  • A close friend’s birthday
  • A wedding
  • A new product launch

Autumnal

Autumnal may well be my favourite word in the English language. It’s partially because it has such wonderful sounds that flow smoothly into each other – no fricatives to be found here. But it’s also because of what the word represents.

To me, Autumn is a time of coziness. Of warm drinks, Golden colours and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Heat and energy radiate out of it at all times, be that in the mid-day sun, the new fashion items to wear or the red leaves that now lie on the ground.

This warmth is something I try and live out in my life, not just in this season but always. - To share what I have with those in need, and not. - To be friendly even when people aren’t friendly to me (I’ve found this more difficult recently) - and to gather those closest to me whenever I can.

Admittedly “Fall” has some similar phonetic qualities but I can’t divorce it from its other meaning. But as a writer who focuses on an American audience I have to fall for its charms, at least superficially.

Deep down my heart belongs to Autumn.

Sometimes I think about the similarities between Tumblr and Micro.Blog.