Brouillon de mon Bullet Journal de septembre

Voici quelques photos, la qualité n’est pas top, j’ai fait ça rapidement avec mon téléphone. J’ai dû aussi flouter les informations personnelles. Comme toujours, c’est très nature avec moi. ^^’

Ce que vous avez à l’écran en gros :

  • Ma double page d’introduction du mois, avec les 30 jours affichés (il me manquera les noms des jours pour la suite!) et les tâches au mois reportées, déjà connues, etc. /// (September opening spread ; the log of the 30 days (I would prefer to have the names of the days next time) followed by the TO DO of the month)
  • Après j’ai laissé une autre double page, parce qu’il mois c’est long! Je ne savais pas si j’allais avoir d’autres choses à noter, ou si tout allait être rendu dans les pages semaines ; sinon, je pourrais également dessiner pour septembre, les inspirations ou les souvenirs du mois, on verra. /// (After that are two blanks pages, either to continue the To Do, or for future inspirations and memories of the month).
  • Ensuite les 4 pages de « pisteurs », un premier pour les routines santé, un quelques activités génériques, un pour mes activités spirituelles, et un carrément dédié à Morrigan. /// (Then you find 4 trackers, one for health check up and routines, one for certain usual activities, one for spiritual activities and one solely for the Goddess Morrigan)
  • Après cela, deux pages non visibles, à l’état de recherches encore, pour des statistiques de travail, de recherches, et des objectifs boulot du mois /// (after that is another double page you wont’ see because it is too drafty, still pondering ; supposed to be my research work goals for the month, and stats)
  • Et finalement commencent les pages semaines, avec la première. Je me tâte encore pour savoir quoi remplir au début ; peut-être un mini calendrier et des repères visuels ? Et la liste de tâches de la semaine. /// (Then begins the weekly logs, this one for the first week. I wonder what I need to put on the first page, I may want a visual mini calendar with landmarks for the week. And then the To Do list for the week)
  • Puis un exemple de pages semaines, pour la première : une page = deux jours, subdivisés en trois parties, matin, après-midi, soir ; en haut on peut (ou pas) trouver la phase de la line et la météo ; en vis à vis, chaque fois jour je note au minimum trois choses dont je suis contente, les fameuses gratitudes ; je rajouterai peut-être des symboles pour résumer les humeurs changeantes des journées. /// (And finally, an example for the first week. One page is split for two days, and each day has three phases: morning, afternoon, evening. Sometimes you find in the right corner the moon phase and the weather. And, on the other page you’ll find a gratitude page for those two days. At the end of the day, I stop to find at least three things I was grateful about, if I can I write more. I may want to had in the right corner a symbol for the mood and mood changes in order to chart me moods in a visual way)

Voici les photos maintenant ! J’ai mis des petits exemplaires qui puissent rentrer dans l’étroitesse des pages du blog, mais chaque clic sur les photos format paysage vous emmènent vers une photo plus grande. (Small photos because the blog page is very narrow, but links are available on each horizontal photo to bring you to a bigger one)

J’ajoute à la fin aussi un pisteur etsy annuel, et un pisteur de commande annuel (un système où je dois réceptionner quelque chose tous les 15 jours, si je m’inscris, ce qui n’est pas toujours le cas, et je perdais totalement le compte l’année dernière).

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(a) Être régulier dans ses pratiques

Voici des astuces plus clairement dirigées vers l’écriture, mais je pense qu’on peut s’en inspirer pour la création/dessin afin de garder une pratique régulière. Source habituelle.

Isaac Asimov, one of the big three science fiction writers of the twentieth century, published over 500 books including novels, short story collections and non fiction, making him one of the most prolific writers of all time.

Asked by Writer’s Digest magazine for the secret to his prolific writing, Asimov said:

“I guess I’m prolific because I have a simple and straightforward style.”
~Isaac Asimov (500 books)

Could it really be that easy?

Write clearly, in a conversational voice

Writing clearly, in a simple and straightforward style allows you to write fast.

At the same time, when you write fast, you don’t stop to process your thoughts . You put them straight onto the page, in a simple and straightforward style.

Best of all, writing clearly should be the goal of every writer. Clarity is the cardinal rule of nonfiction writing, and it will almost always improve your fiction.

Write fast, and you’ll have a conversational tone. You’re writing as fast as you can put the words together, just like when you’re speaking.  This gives your words power and immediacy, engaging the reader.

Literary critics dismissed Asimov’s writing as colorless, with functional dialogue and a transparent style.   Readers disagreed, buying his books in the millions.

In response to the critics, towards the end of this life, Asimov wrote:

“I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing—to be clear. I have given up all thought of writing poetically or symbolically or experimentally, or in any of the other modes that might (if I were good enough) get me a Pulitzer prize. I would write merely clearly and in this way establish a warm relationship between myself and my readers, and the professional critics—Well, they can do whatever they wish.”
~Isaac Asimov (500 books)

Try to get your first draft down in 5-10 minutes

Writing fast improves your motivation to write.  If you know you’ve only got to sit down for five minutes to get a draft down, you’re more likely to sit at your desk and put pen to paper.

When you’re writing a first draft of a blog post, article, or scene, try to get your first draft down in five minutes.

Sean Platt, author of “How to Write an Article in Less Than 20 Minutes” has published 11 books in the past nine months.  He sets the following exercise:

“Get a timer and set it for five minutes. Think of a topic and write three prompts, these can be as short as a word or as long as a question. Start writing. Don’t stop until the timer goes off. Now read over what you wrote. Your writing is better than you thought it would be, right?

“This won’t seem easy until it finally is, but it will happen almost immediately. Again, don’t concern yourself with quality. You can always go back and edit, though you won’t need to clean up nearly as much as you think.”
~Sean Platt (11 books since March 2011)

Start with a question

Choosing a question to write from is the key to writing fast.  Get down the question, then focus on writing the answer.  No need to edit as you go, just write, as though you were giving your best possible answer to a friend.

How do you come up with a question?  If you’re writing a how-to article, make it the question you’ll be answering.  How do I find a holiday home in the Algave? How do I get an Angling license for the Grand Union Canal? How do I train a dog to sit on command?  The more specific the question, the better.

If you’re writing fiction, use the story question for your scene.  Or choose three words as the pith of your scene, and write from there.

Use established structures and plots

When you start writing fast, use established structures for the form you’re writing in.  Writing what you enjoying reading will help here (Asimov read science fiction from the age of 10).

As you learn to write fast in an established structure, you will gain the knowledge and experience you need to create your own structures and plots.

Romance novelist Barbara Cartland holds the Guiness World Record for the most novels written in a single year, having written 23 novels in 1983. She says:

“You can’t lose if you give them handsome highwaymen, duels, 3-foot fountains and whacking great horses and dogs all over the place.”
~Barbara Cartland (280 books)

Treat your writing as a craft

Anyone who knows how to do something well can work faster than those who are still learning.  Devote time to learning writing skills. Read books and blogs about writing. Attend writing classes.  Apply what you’ve learned to you writing. The more you learn, the faster you’ll be able to write.

Writing is a craft, so take time to edit after you write.

“I have always tried to write in a simple way, using down-to-earth and not abstract words.” ~ Georges Simenon (500 books)

Know your motivation for writing – and keep it with you as your write

You will only write if you enjoy writing.

Writing fast makes writing more enjoyable. Rather than wrenching out words, you let them flow from your fingers.

Knowing why you write will also increase your motivation. Do you love telling stories? Do you want to earn a living as a writer? Are you driven by the search for truth? Or is fame the name of your game?

Whatever your reason for writing, even if you have mixed motives, search it out, and keep it close.  It will come in handy on those days when you need an extra boost to get you sitting at your writing desk.

“Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.”
~ Alexandre Dumas (277 books)

Write Every Day

When you’re motivated, you’ll write every day.  When you write every day, you’ll increase your motivation to write.

Some writers find they lose momentum if they don’t write every day.  Others find it better to take a break from writing every so often.  I find I lose energy to write if I don’t let myself take a break from writing one or two days a week. I usually take my break at the weekend.

“How many words a day do I write? Between six and seven thousand. And how many hours does that take? Three on a good day, as high as thirteen on a bad one”
~ John Creasey (564 books)

Never Give Up

Children’s writer Enid Blyton published over 700 books.  Like Asimov, she was criticised for her simple, earnest style.

Her writing was an immediate hit with the British public, yet BBC executives banned her work from being dramatized for radio from the 1930s to the 1950s, describing her style as “stilted and longwinded”.

Blyton continued to write and publish books until her death in 1968.

“The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.”
~ Enid Blyton (753 books)

In the decade up to 2010, she remained in the top-ten best selling authors, with sales of nearly 8 million copies in the UK worth £31 million ($48 million).

How Much Do You Need to Write?

To write 100 books (75,000 words per book) over the next 30 years, you need to be writing 1,000 words per day (writing 5 days a week, 50 weeks per year). At a brisk but comfortable pace, that’s an hour a day.

If you want to write 100 books in the next 10 years, that’s 3,000 words a day.

Being prolific is closer to possible than you might have believed.

Pourquoi l’inspiration pose problème

Suite à l’article d’hier sur la petite astuce créative qui consiste à faire une liste de tout ce qui nous inspire, je me suis posée tout un tas de questions. Toujours au fil de ma lecture du « Nearly Ultimate Guide To Writing » je tombe sur des articles bien différents, et j’ai réussi à mettre en mots le problème que je travaille à bien définir et circonscrire depuis des mois (septembre particulièrement, mais depuis des années j’y pense lol).

L’inspiration est une notion problématique.

Cela me concerne particulièrement pour l’écriture, mais je retrouve les mêmes soucis avec le dessin : ne pas savoir quoi écrire, ou ne pas savoir quoi dessiner. Ce sont deux façons de raconter, et on croit que l’on est vide. Ce qui est faux évidemment. Je pense qu’il est important pour toute personne qui explore sa créativité de se pencher sur la notion d’inspiration tout à fait rigoureusement :

Qu’est-ce que l’inspiration pour vous ? Comment la définiriez-vous ?

En réalité, cela compte pour au moins deux raisons. Déjà, parce que selon la définition que vous allez lui donner, cela va influencer votre propre fonctionnement. Mais aussi, parce qu’il vous faut plus de cartes en main pour dépasser certaines difficultés.  Vous êtes-vous déjà rendu compte, vraiment consciemment, que c’est une notion que vous avez hérité du passé ? Historiquement, culturellement, sa définition évolue. On connait essentiellement l’idée romantique de l’inspiration étrangement, c’est celle qui a le mieux perduré… Mais il existe bien d’autres représentations de l’inspiration, et on a tous besoin de les connaître ! Car en ayant conscience de tout ce que ce concept veut dire, on peut jouer et utiliser ses différents sens pour tenter de l’atteindre. Quand un premier sens de la définition ne marche pas, alors on va explorer le deuxième ! On alterne, on essaie tout, pour voir ce qui marche pour nous.

Maintenant, un petit bilan rapide sans la prétention d’avoir un grand savoir et de faire un super dissertation :

  • Pour certains l’inspiration est un mythe. Mais quelle définition de l’inspiration est niée ? A priori c’est une négation de l’idée romantique irrationnelle.
  • Car l’inspiration de type « romantique » est conçue comme une instance mystérieuse extérieure à l’écrivain (le créatif par extension), presque divine, que l’on ne peut pas maîtriser, que l’on perd…

De votre (notre!) côté donc, il faut savoir si l’on est partisan de l’inspiration rationnelle ou irrationnelle. Et on peut être entre les deux, on peut peut-être accepter plusieurs types d’inspiration d’ailleurs. Il est tout à fait possible de « nourrir » l’inspiration, donc de se dire qu’il existe des moyens tout à fait rationnels pour alimenter cette source, qui restera pourtant non contrôlable et mystérieuse. Comme une fontaine de jouvence. De même, bien que l’on puisse accepter le côté mystérieux d’une inspiration potentielle, il faut reconnaître que la régularité, la pratique de la créativité (comme pour les sports) est une valeur sûre. Il « faut » être constant dans son art, s’exercer, grandir, pour progresser. Combien de fois n’avez-vous pas entendu dire que l’écriture (ou la créativité?) est comme un muscle ? En tout cas moi on me l’a beaucoup répété autrefois. Il faut donc s’entraîner, il faut se muscler, pour arriver à de meilleurs résultats. Julia Cameron et bien d’autres auteurs, même s’ils encouragent une pratique régulière pour montrer que l’on a toujours des choses à dire en soi, n’évacuent pas complètement ce « déclic » étrange pour moi, cette sorte de libération de l’esprit, de l’inconscient. Leurs théories valorisent le travail, les progrès rationnels, mais au bout du compte il reste ces moments inexpliqués où il se passe quelque chose d’incompris (la fameuse libération?) qui produira un résultat « sublimé »/transcendé. Et pourtant, tout le monde devrait s’accorder à dire que l’inspiration perdue est un  mythe, et qu’il ne faut pas l’attendre pour créer !

Je pense qu’on gagnerait tous à être ainsi conscient de toutes les implications (et paradoxes) autour de l’inspiration pour mieux avancer dans nos projets créatifs.

Voilà pour mes pensées du matin !

Tentative de déblocage 2 : trouver l’inspiration avec des listes !

Voici une idée que j’avais déjà eue, et lue probablement quelque part, et je viens de retomber dessus à la lecture du « Nearly Ultimate Guide To Writing ». Pour se remuer un peu les méninges quand on a des soucis d’idées et « d’inspiration », faire une liste de toutes les choses qui nous inspirent est un acte très concret. Quelles sont les choses qui nous nourrissent ?

Pour avoir des tonnes d’idées je vous recommande cet article qui a été intégré dans le livre. Je ne mets ici que la liste :

  1. Blogs. This is one of my favorites, of course. Aside from this blog, there are dozens of great blogs on writing and every topic under the sun. I like to read about what works for others — it inspires me to action!
  2. Books. Maybe my favorite overall. I read writers I love (read about my current loves) and then I steal from them, analyze their writing, get inspired by their greatness. Fiction is my favorite, but I’ll devour anything. If you normally read just a couple of your favorite authors, try branching out into something different. You just might find new inspiration.
  3. Overheard dialog. If I’m anywhere public, whether it be at a park or a mall or my workplace, sometimes I’ll eavesdrop on people. Not in a gross way or anything, but I’ll just keep quiet, and listen. I love hearing other people have conversations. Sometimes it doesn’t happen on purpose — you can’t help but overhear people sometimes. If you happen to overhear a snippet of interesting dialog, jot it down in your writing journal as soon as possible. It can serve as a model or inspiration for later writing.
  4. Magazines. Good magazines aren’t always filled with great writing, but you can usually find one good piece of either fiction or non-fiction. Good for its writing style, its voice, its rhythm and ability to pull you along to the end. These pieces inspire me. And bad magazines, while perhaps not the best models for writing, can still be inspirations for ideas for good blog posts. These magazines, as they don’t draw readers with great writing, find interesting story angles to attract an audience.
  5. Movies. Sometimes, while watching a movie, a character will say something so interesting that I’ll say, “That would make a great blog post!” or “I have to write that in my writing journal!” Sometimes screenwriters can write beautiful dialog. Other times I get inspired by the incredible camera work, the way that a face is framed by the camera, the beauty of the landscape captured on film.
  6. Forums. When people write on forums, they rarely do so for style or beauty (there are exceptions, of course, but they’re rare). Forumers are writing to convey information and ideas. Still, those ideas can be beautiful and inspiring in and of themselves. They can inspire more ideas in you. I’m not saying you have to read a wide array of forums every day, but if you’re looking for information, trawling some good forums isn’t a bad idea.
  7. Art. For the writer aspiring to greater heights, there is no better inspiration that great art, in my experience. While it doesn’t compare to the experience of seeing the art in person, I like to find inspiring works of art and put it on my computer desktop for contemplation (Michelangelo’s Pieta is there right now). It doesn’t have to be classical works, though — I’ve found inspiration in Japanese anime, in stuff I’ve found on deviantart.com, in local artists in my area.
  8. Music. Along the same lines, it can be inspiring to download and play great music, from Mozart to Beethoven to the Beatles to Radiohead. Play it in the background as you write, and allow it to lift you up and move you.
  9. Friends. Conversations with my friends, in real life, on the phone or via IM, have inspired some of my best posts. They stir up my ideas, contribute ideas of their own, and they fuse into something even more brilliant than either of us could have created.
  10. Writing groups. Whether online or in your community, writing groups are great ways to get energy and motivation for your writing. My best short stories were done in a writing group in my local college (a great place to look for such groups, btw), as we read out our work to the group, critiqued them and made suggestions. The work of the other writers inspired me to do better.
  11. The Pocket Muse. A book full of writing inspirations. Can’t beat that!
  12. Quotes. I don’t know why it’s so, but great quotes help inspire me. I like to go to various quote sites to find ideas to spark my writing, turns of phrase that show what can be done with the language, motivation for self-improvement. Try these for a start: Writing Quotes and Quotes for Writers.
  13. Nature. Stuck for ideas? Go for a walk or a jog. Get away from sidewalks and into grass and trees and fields and hills. Appreciate the beauty around you, and let the inspiration flow through you. Sunsets and sunrises, of course, are two of my favorite uplifting scenes of nature, and anything involving water is also awesome (oceans, rivers, lakes, rain, rivulets, even puddles).
  14. History. It can be unexpected, but great people in history can inspire you to greatness. My favorites include Benjamin Franklin, Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, Leonardo da Vinci, and other greats.
  15. Travel. Whether it be halfway around the world, or a day trip to the next town or national park, getting out of your usual area and discovering new places and people and customs can be one of the best inspirations for writing. Use these new places to open up new ways of seeing.
  16. Children. I have six kids, and they are my favorite people in the world (my wife and siblings and parents being right up there too). I love to spend quiet time with them, taking walks or reading. I love to have fun with them, playing board games or having pillow fights. And during these times I spend with them, I’m often reflective, about life, about humanity, about love. I suggest that children, with their fresh outlook on the world, can change the way you view things.
  17. Exercise. I get my best ideas most often while running. There’s something about the quietness, combined with the increased flow of blood through your brain, combined with being out in the fresh air with nature, that really stimulates the mind.
  18. Religion. Many of you aren’t religious (and many are) but it doesn’t matter much — the great religions in the world have ideas in them that are beautiful and inspiring. I’ve studied some of the writings of not only Christianity and Judaism but Islam, Bahai’i, Buddhism, Taoism, and many cultures with multiple nature gods. I can’t say I’m an expert at any of these religions, but I can say that any time I’ve spent reading the ideas of religion have paid off for me in inspiration.
  19. Newspapers. I used to be a newspaper reporter and editor, and I’ve become jaded to newspapers. The news seems like an endless cycle of the same thing, happening over and over again. However, if you know how to look, you can find human-interest stories that are inspiring. Stories about people who have triumphed over adversity. (Edit: I had “diversity” instead of “adversity” here and have now corrected … thanks for the catch, Bill!)
  20. Dreams. I’m not very good at this, but at times in my life I’ve tried keeping a dream journal by my bedside and writing down what I can remember when I wake up. Not because I think it’ll tell me something about myself or my future or past, but because dreams are so interesting in their complete disregard for the rules of reality, for their otherworldness and plot twists.
  21. Writing journal. I highly recommend this for any writer. It doesn’t have to be fancy, or something you write in every day. Just a plain notebook will do, although a nice journal can be motivating. Write down thoughts and inspirations and quotes and snippets of good writing you find and pieces of dialog and plot ideas and new characters. Then go back to this journal when you need ideas or inspiration.
  22. Del.icio.us. This popular bookmarking site is a treasure trove of great articles and blog posts and resources. I don’t do this much, but sometimes I’ll browse through these links to find examples of great writing by others. While you shouldn’t steal these ideas, you can often adapt them to your particular blog topic, or use the ideas to spark new ones of your own.
  23. Poetry. How can poetry inspire prose? Through its beauty and flow and style and use of rhythm and play on words. Through its use of language and music.
  24. Shakespeare. He’s not the only playwright, of course, but he’s undoubtedly the greatest, and the greatest master of the English language as well. While his writing can be difficult for those not used to the language of his time, a study of even one of his plays pays off immensely. The Bard wrote beautifully, used the largest vocabulary of any English writer, invented his own words, made up interesting phrases that are used to this day, had more puns and twists of words than any writer I know. There is no writer more deserving of our study and more inspirational to other writers.
  25. Google. Stuck for ideas? The old standby, Google, has often helped me out. I’ll just search for the topic I’m writing about and find tons of great resources.
  26. Freewriting. One of the best ways to get unstuck if you’re uninspired. Just start writing. Anything. It doesn’t matter. Don’t edit, don’t pause, don’t think. Just write and let it flow. You’ll end up with a lot of garbage, probably, but it’ll help you get out of your rut and you might just write some really good stuff among all that garbage.
  27. Brainstorms. Similar to freewriting, but instead of writing prose you’re writing ideas. Just let them flow. Speed and quantity is more important than quality. Within this brainstorm of ideas, you’ll most likely find a few nuggets of greatness. One of my favorite ways to get ideas.
  28. Flickr. If fine paintings and sculpture inspire you to greater heights, photography of some of the most talented people in the world can show what everyday humans can do if they try. I like Flickr.com, a real wealthy of amazing photography. Just browse through to find some wonderful inspiration.
  29. Breaking your routines. Get out of your rut to see things from a new perspective. If you usually take one route to work, try a couple others. If you usually get up, get ready for work, and leave, try exercising in the morning or watching the sunrise. If you usually watch TV at the end of the day, try reading or writing instead. Shake things up.
  30. Success stories. Another of my favorites. When I was training for my first marathon, for example, I read all kinds of success stories of people who had run their first marathon. It inspired me to keep going. There are success stories for writing, or anything else you’d like to do, that will inspire your brains out. 🙂
  31. People watching. This is an interesting activity for any writer. Go to a busy public place and just sit and watch people. They’ll amuse you, inspire you, fascinate you. There’s nothing more inspiring than humanity.

Et vous quelles sont les choses qui vous inspirent ?

De mon côté j’ai perdu mes listes passées, et je vais devoir recommencer… (en cours)

  • lire; toutes sortes de livre.
  • les citations. Trouvées au hasard, ou au fil d’un livre.
  • les blogs d’écriture. Récemment je redécouvre les blogs ‘conseils’ comme Write To Done et autres, mais j’aime les blogs-journaux où les gens racontent de façon intense leurs expériences et autres. Les textes des autres (fictions etc) peuvent parfois m’inspirer.
  • la poésie, des grands auteurs ou des internautes.
  • regarder les oeuvres des autres. Deviantart était mon fétiche pour ça, je manque de temps depuis 3 ans pour y aller. Flickr offre des choses également.
  • regarder les créations (manuelles) des autres. J’adore Etsy pour ça.
  • écouter de la musique qui fait battre mon coeur.
  • certains films.
  • discuter avec certaines personnes de nos projets, de tout et rien.
  • aller à des expositions, dans des musées.
  • ….