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type slowly

Yes, friends, more feedback today from a Make It Happen client.  And like so many MIH clients, this person (whose name I will not use, since he has a somewhat public job) is working on a writing project, specifically a screenplay.  He writes

“As the script is a side project and I have a day job as [redacted], it’s hard to find consistent time to work on it.”

Tell me about it, honey.  So many of our MIH clients are working on writing projects.   Slowly.  Very slowly. I’m sure I have previously expounded on the many tricks for getting writing done — try fifteen minutes a day, try a page a day, or as my grandmother said “Park your ass in the chair and finish the damn thing.”   I am obsessed with Wendy Laura Belcher’s book Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks, which has very wise words about the fear of writing that I think would also be applicable for finishing a screenplay.  Finishing things is surely important. But for those with day jobs, maybe just having a side project is equally important, even if it goes nowhere fast.

In other words, don’t worry too much about finishing it.  As Pavement said, type slowly.

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money makes the dissertation go ’round

Feedback today from Lea, a Make It Happen client whose goal was to make money to finish her dissertation. This is a goal close to my heart, since I was a PLWD (person living with a dissertation) until May, which I finally finished and defended mine.

Lea reports that she is in the midst of making it happen.  She says:

“I was aiming at one source of funding and simplifying (less jobs = less hectic); I’m going to be teaching a few different classes but it looks like the bills are covered.”

Lea, I can only offer you the advice that my grandmother gave my mother when she was finishing her dissertation:  “Park your ass in the chair and finish the damn thing.”  I made it happen, and you can too!

The fruits of my labor...

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