Consistent Setup- A Winning Writing Strategy that will Keep you Writing No Matter What Life Throws at You

By- Tom Kubrak


Every time. Every time. Every time. Every time. Every time…

Do you get it yet? Setting up your desk the same way every time is essential as a writer.

It’s hard to be consistent. Every day. Well not every day… if you’ve been following my posts for awhile you know I believe in that one day off, consistently every week, to give yourself a mental break.

Consistency takes practice. It starts first in your head though. You must say “I will be consistent.” You must, write down how exactly you will be consistent too.

Some important things to remember, as a writer, when you’re setting your desk up…(whether it’s in your office, at a cafe or bar. It stays the same. Granted, you may have a different glass or coaster at a bar.)

The Setup: Things To Keep In Mind Where you Want To Setup on Your Desk

  1. Laptop Setup
  2. Pen/s setup-
  3. Notebook setup-
  4. Drink set up- Coffee, tea, beer, wine, liquor
  5. Water setup
  6. Coaster setup- This is an important piece to the process. Think about a plane without a runway. Without thinking, you know where to set your coffee down once you take a drink of it
  7. Phone- I use a phone stand right now but if you’re using your phone like me for various reasons when I’m writing it needs to be at a convenient spot
  8. Watch- If you use your watch as a timer like me sometimes then it’s good to have that at a good place on your desk too as part of your setup

An important word to remember is separation in all of this. Separation is key too. Each one of those elements is secluded from the rest.

Bonus Shoutout:

Check out Oluwatosin Faith Kolawole post on writingcooperative.com here… https://writingcooperative.com/how-being-consistent-can-help-you-become-a-better-writer-926b248f0b1e . Her first point is simple but something that even seasoned writers neglect. “It hones your writing skills.” Don’t ever believe you are “at your best.” There’s always room for improvement.

It sounds a little too simple to take seriously but setting up your desk the same time every time will assist in getting you locked into the work your supposed to be doing and not waste any mental energy on “Where did I put my pencil” or “Damn it! I thought I put a coaster down for my cold beverage.”

It doesn’t matter what you’re going through or how close the deadline is… Trust the process and get yourself setup to get the job done right. If you don’t have the time to hit the deadline, if you do your setup process, then you simply failed. So that means that you’ll have to put “Setup time” into your travel time and learn that setting up is as essential as the title page for the story your writing.


To compare this strategy to life think of a house that has been standing for hundreds of years. Ask yourself now, “Why is this house still around and the others aren’t?”

Well sometimes disaster strikes other homes but the ones that do stand through the toughest storms are the ones with the strongest foundations. Floods, fires, epic storms of all kinds, there’s nothing that can take it down. The biggest reason for that is the strong foundations that the builders made sure would withstand the test of time.

With your ‘Consistent Setup” think about that. How will you withstand the toughest storms in your life that threaten everything you’ve been working so hard to build? How will you continue to make content and work towards what you want to do in life?

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“The secret to having an epically beloved bakery is consistency.” -Christina Tosi 


By- Tom Kubrak

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Email- tomkubrak.writing@gmail.com

 

Eat The S*** – 3 Strategies On How To Take Ownership of Your Actions When You Screw Up

by- Tom Kubrak


Do it. Dial the phone. Don’t accept your actions. Call for help and dig yourself into an even bigger hole.

Or, when you screw up, stand your ground and take the consequences like a professional and an adult.

Face Your Problem…

Yup… you did something wrong. Admit it… yes you, you the person that is reading this post. Somewhere in your life you did something wrong to someone. Whether that was a few minutes, hours, days, weeks, months or years ago there’s a situation in your past that you haven’t quite faced yet. Yes, there are things that you just had to move on from, but the same problems that you frequently have been bringing up to your friends for the last 5 years, yeah those are the ones you’re not facing. Those are the issues that you are making countless amounts of BS excuses why you can’t do it. Why this person did that and you did nothing. Oh yeah, you somehow became the innocent victim.

Lose Your Face

This step is usually the hardest because you actually have to talk to the person. You actually have to go out of your way for something you may or may not believe you were in the wrong. Regardless, if you want to move forward with your life with nothing bad on your mind, then you must apologize. Say your sorry, if you didn’t think it was wrong they might have. They might of took what you did the wrong way.

So, once you lose your face and apologize, you’re in the clear. You can move on with your life and take that distraction out.

The other person, if they don’t want to accept the new person you’ve become and your apology well… that’s up to them if they can’t move on. No, it’s not about picking up right where you left off. That may not happen again, for the best of both parties, but at least you can be civil and respectful of each other and stop wasting everyone’s time at parties by complaining about something you need to address.

Once you do lose your face though, for my fellow business people, you can take that distraction out of the corner of your brain for good, so you can concentrate on building the best business’ possible.

Solve the Problem

One of my favorite sayings, You can either solve the problem or prolong the problem.

If you choose to solve your problems, then write out what you did wrong, tell a close associate, and then write out how you’re not going to let it happen again. By writing it down, you’re putting a mental tattoo in your brain to remind yourself not to do what you did wrong again, when a similar situation arises.

Eat The Shit

If you successfully accomplish those three strategies you can officially say that you’ve ate some shit.

After reading those three strategies, it’s important to know that Eating Shit doesn’t just come into play with people, it comes with your own personal matters including, personal finances, car problems, forgetting to brush teeth, not making time to clean the house, forgetting to pick up groceries, not charging your phone before going into the office, etc.

You have to deal with those consequences too, or you can somehow avoid them. Especially, when you fail to meet personal finance responsibilities. With some people, it’s very easy not to face those consequences head on
None of this is easy. Some of us are better at it then others in that we solve these problems when they arise quicker than other people who try to wait it out or just simply refuse to solve whatever negative matter arose. Regardless, like anything, Eating some shit takes practice. Especially, if you’re in the business community, because you’re going to screw up all the way until they dig your grave.

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“Solve the Problem. Don’t prolong it.” -Anonymous.”

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By- Tom Kubrak

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Email- tomkubrak.writing@gmail.com


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Crappy Sentence Pages- A Writing Strategy Before You Even Start To Write The Story

Tom Kubrak


This strategy will help you get into a daily habit of writing. Also it will help you find your writing pace, stretch your fingers, and let go of all of the junk you have in your head so you can focus on the story/post your working on.

Have you ever just ‘not been feeling it’ or said to yourself, ‘I just don’t think I have the creativity in me today’ well listen…

If you want to write, and you consider yourself a writer, you can’t wait for the ‘wind to blow in the right direction’ in order for you to write the book you’ve always wanted to write. Although, some days are better than others, when you’re writing you can’t make that excuse if you want to compete with the best.

Evolving

‘Crappy Sentence Pages(CSP)’ has evolved from ‘Crappy Stories.’ I got that idea from another writer.(I can’t remember it now but when I do I will make sure to shout them out in and edited post). Crappy stories, is writing one story a day on one page, at minimum. Crappy Stories, is something I still recommend for writers who are just starting out. For CSP, It doesn’t matter if it makes sense or not, you just have to write a page of something.

This is just a reminder, at least for me, that we as writers need to continue to change things up and adapt our strategies and rituals when necessary. Knowing when to do that is part of the art.

Before You Write

CSP is designed to be done before you start to write the story/post. Get the momentum going as they say. Start typing and then don’t stop until you’re satisfied you can go into the piece you’ve set out to work on that day.                                                                              

Quickness/Deadlines

So, when you start getting into the game we call “writing” lets face it you’re going to face some tough deadlines. This strategy will train you for those moments where you just didn’t perform as well as you could have during the week. CSP will allow you to find your ‘writing pace’ and then hopefully increase it over time.

Also, when the deadline is two hours away and you begin to get nervous, you will be able to confidently say “I got this” because you kept CSP in your Writing Routine each day you began to write.

No Punctuation

Crappy sentence pages(CSP) is not about typing a fluent, nice, or even close to a story that others would want to read. CSP is about just letting go of everything that’s in your head. In other words, getting all of the junk out, so you have a clear path for when you dig into the real project. It could be 20 stories on that one page. For CSP, you don’t even need to use punctuation. Actually, periods and other punctuation is forbidden in this strategy anyway.

Training

It will pay off… if you stick with it. Sometimes you’re not going to want to open up that second page to do CSP, but if you trust in the process the returns will far out weigh that extra few clicks you have to make.

It’s Fun!

Also, Crappy Sentence Pages can be fun too! See how fast you can type without getting a spelling error or something else. Try different typing techniques and see if you can have your fingers just glide across the keyboard to the next letter. See how far you can lift up your fingers, while maintaining pace, and then striking each finger down with an “emphatic type on the keyboard. Yes someone may walk by and ask you, “Hey is everything okay?” And you’ll respond, “Heck yeah dude!”

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A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”

— Richard Bach


By- Tom Kubrak

IG & TWTR- @Tomkubrak

Email- tomkubrak.writing@gmail.com

 

 

Morning Three Pointer- 11 Strategies To Try To Get Your Day Started So You Can Maximize Your Day

By- Tom Kubrak


The goal of this strategy is so you can wake up, stay up, and ultimately have a productive and beneficial morning. In the beginning though when you’re trying to master your mornings it can be difficult. It’s like a secret recipe for a masterfully crafted dish… It takes a little bit of trial and error to find it.

In this case, your best morning routine is the secret recipe. When you find it you won’t have to worry about having one of those “bad mornings” or “one of those weeks.”

How many times have you woke up, layed there in bed, and just reviewed all of the things you had to do? You instantly became overwhelmed with your numerous amounts of things to do. Before hitting the snooze, you fully understood that if you don’t wake up now you’re going to be late and also not have the time to properly prepare yourself for the day. Regardless of all of that you still… went back to bed.

That’s why I recommend picking three of the strategies below to do consistently every morning. Why three? Naturally, our brains and our will power are pretty low when we wake up, so picking three allows us to not overwhelm ourselves and know that we have three things to do.

Keep it simple and choose three of these strategies.

The Strategies

Phone Call To A Friend – this is a good thing to start with with because then you have someone that’s holding you accountable and cheering you on that you can have a great morning that will lead into an awesome day

Boil Water– for coffee or tea

Shave– If you’re a guy this can be a way to, not only splash some cool water in your face to activate your senses, but remind you that this is the look that you’re presenting to the people you choose to be around. So…let’s not mess it up by going back to bed!

Change into your workout clothes- By doing this it puts you into that mindset of “I need to work out” When you have your workout clothes on right away it helps you also not go back to bed.

Music– by playing some music it helps to engage the your hearing senses and pump you up to take on the day.

Incense- whatever type of incense you like, or some people like candles it activates your smelling senses.

Breakfast- A light healthy breakfast, if you choose can give your body the energy you need to spark up your day

Make Your Bed– I’ve read many articles about this theory and find it’s very helpful to put this in your top three. It’s not in my top three but it could be beneficial to you if you need to start your day with a feeling of accomplishment

Write In Your Journal- I personally have many journals for many different purposes. By journaling in the morning it just gets you thinking and naturally, writing things down can help you visualize or remind you of what you want to do for the day.

Put On a Special Hat/Headband/Necklace- Why? It’s just another signal to get your day started. It’s the hat, headband or necklace that you put on to tell you that “I’m going to own this day!”

Drink Water- well without water we wouldn’t be here right? Why not try starting your day with it and hydrating your body

To hit The Morning three point basket though? Pick three of these.

Yes, you probably have to do a couple of the other things but pick three, maybe switch around from time to time(especially if it’s not working), and then do it in a specific order.

“Some people dream of success. Other people wake up and make it happen.” -Wayne Huizenga


By- Tom Kubrak

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Email- tomkubrak.writing@gmail.com


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The Writing Mindset- 3 Strategies On How To Get Yourself In The Right Mindset To Get The Most Out Of Your Writing

 by- Tom Kubrak 


Often times people have this inner craving to write their life story, write the story of their city, or put together a best selling novel. So we decide to start it. We start strong and with our excitement for the project we are propelled each day and pump out a bunch of pages.

And then… something bad happens.

You fall off. You don’t understand why because just last week you were on a roll and then like the snap of a finger you’re done. Just like that, for the next 3 months, you don’t get anything written down. If you’re not a writer this is especially common. Horror stories are told everyday about “That book I started but never finished,” “That one time I tried writing,” or what about “I tried but it just wasn’t for me.”

If you’re a writer it tends to be more like, “Why did that story fall off?” “Why can’t I figure out this piece like I did that other piece?”  or “What’s wrong with me?! I was writing so good just a few weeks ago and then I just got into this rut.”

These are just a few examples but I think that you get the point.

The specific answer why that happens is unknown but maybe one of those reasons is because you weren’t able to consistently get in the right mindset to write the way that you know you’re capable of. Being in the right mindset is absolutely essential for whatever thing you’re writing, whether that’s a fiction, history, or short story, to turn out the best it can.

What’s “The Writer’s Mindset” though and how do you get in it ?

Clear The Body

It’s important to make sure that you’re body is clear to completely be able to focus and concentrate on the project you’re working on. How do you “clear the body” though?

Some ways you can do that is by fasting so you’re body, instead of being concentrated on digesting all the food you ate for breakfast, can concentrate on helping you think clearly on whatever it is that you’re writing.

Another way you can do that is by hydrating. If you’ve ever played a sport you’ve heard them say, “Make sure to hydrate so you can last throughout the entire game.”

Well… just like in sports. With writing, it’s important and essential to get the most out of you’re writing.

Exercise

Another way you can do that is by “exercising.” Whether that’s weights, calisthenics, or yoga, it’s about getting the energy you need to think clearly and to stay energized. Especially when you work on a sitting desk, you’re going to need to get the energy to get and stay in that mindset to think about the piece that you’re working on.

Time Goal

In a recent post, I mentioned setting a timer, it’s essential to write down how much you want to put into that piece every day. This allows you to maximize that time you have for yourself. If it’s 10, 15, 20 or 60 minutes, when you write it down and get that timer going it naturally puts you in a state of mind. It’s very similar to a coach barking at you to “run faster kid!” This is a powerful strategy so invest into a timer or use the apps on your phone, to put the best into the time you set for yourself.

Bonus Strategy- MUSIC

Start a playlist/s of your favorite songs. Choose songs and music that allows you to get in the mindset and then continue to write while you’re listening to music. Sometimes the right song is all you need to get you motivated and inspired to finish that piece you’ve been working on.

“Make it happen.” -Anonymous


By- Tom Kubrak

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Email- tomkubrak.writing@gmail.com


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Set A Timer- 3 Writing Strategies on How To Hold Yourself Accountable and Get The Most Out Of Your Writing

by- Tom Kubrak


“It’s time to write!” (at least that’s what you say in your head)

And then…

Well you simply don’t. Life gets in the way and all of a sudden your master plan to get the next chapter done of your epic novel that you’ve been dreaming about for the last 5 years is once again…

…just a dream.

The Timer

After struggling to get in the right mindset and write the things I wanted to, I was a little fed up. So, after trying a lot of different things, I don’t know where it came from , but I started to time myself with my writing. Almost like a sports game, but instead of starting a ‘stop watch’ I started a countdown clock. I first started it on the app that comes with apple phones but then after projects increased and I found the countdown could be used for other endeavors of mine I purchased the multi-timer app. This helped me track of my writing goals and push me to get the done before the timer struck zero.

Set A Limit

This is about pacing yourself. When you set a limit on how much time to put into a project it allows you to pace yourself and not lose track of time with all of your other projects going on.

We only can go so long until we burn out. If that happens we typically are out for longer than “just a few weeks.

Get a Stand For The Timer or Phone

This will just help you keep the timer at a point where you can easily see it and adjust anything else you need. If you have the Multi-Timer app then a simple phone stand will do. If you get a special clock, then find somewhere in your office to put it that is always visible. Think of it like the scoreboard in a gymnasium… you may not be looking at it all the time but whenever you need to, you know exactly where it’s at.

Bonus Strategy! Pushing Yourself…But Not Too Far?

“You have to push yourself all the time, but not too far.” Said  Blaz Kos. Check out this post on pushing yourself on “creating and setting limits in life” too here, https://agileleanlife.com/considering-and-setting-limits-in-life/. Learn how it correlates directly into your work if you want to get the most out of it.

As a writer, you have to understand that if your energy isn’t write you will not get the best out of your writing.

The timers running. What are you waiting for?

“Hope is not a strategy.” – Vince Lombardi


By- Tom Kubrak

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Sell Outs- 3 Strategies on How To Create What You Want To Create For The Rest of Your Life Without Sacrificing Your Integrity

by- Tom Kubrak


Here is the online definition of a “Sell Out”

“Selling out” is a common idiomatic pejorative expression for the compromising of a person’s integrity, morality, authenticity, or principles in exchange for personal gain, such as money.

People sell out everyday in their chosen creative pursuits. Life gets in the way and clouds the vision of the mind of these people. A thing called pressure begins to creep up on people. Whether that’s an angry family member, wife, friend or coworker that sees you’re creative pursuit as futile. Something of a dream maybe, when in reality, this is who you are and it’s what you want to do.

There’s many creative pursuits out there. Among a few are, musicians, painter, actors, models, writers, photographer, editor, sculptor, wood carvers, designers, and filmmakers.

In the beginning of these pursuits, typically, we are doing it out of sheer love for it. We often don’t think about the potential of making money at this craft until someone validates your work. The thought may or may not have crossed your mind until someone was willing to pay for the work you were doing.

As “Artists” we have many talents and are able to do many things. People will begin to approach you for your abilities. Many times “Artists” are not prepared for that.

Choose Your Number 1 and Commit

Some people like to say, “I’m an artist.” That’s great but what specifically do you do?

Some “Artists” don’t have a number one thing. It’s up to you but if you want to continually create the things that you want to create and not have someone else dictate what you create then you have to have a number one.

Commit to your number one and commit to not giving in to someone trying to abuse your talents.

Because one day someone is going to admire your work and present a check with an enormous number on it that you never thought of because you were doing it for the love of it. But the only catch is, they’re going to ask you to do something that may compromise what you believe and stand for.

When that happens, what will you do?

Step Away, Think, and Ask Yourself Some Questions

When that happens have a battle plan in place. That battle plan could be as simple as. When someone comes to me offering me money for some work they want to do? Step away from the conversation and think about what you have committed to in your Creative Pursuits.

  1. Is this project something I’m genuinely interested in?
  2. If not, if I accept the offer am I just doing it for the money?
  3. Yes I have bills to pay, but am I willing to sacrifice who I am for money?
  4. If I’m interested in the project, will I give it my all?
  5. If I don’t get paid for this project am I okay with it?

Say No

It’s truly easier said then done, but when you have the first 2 strategies locked in and you take your time, you will be able to say no to those situations.

Yes, you may risk missing rent and getting kicked out, or going hungry for a few days but what would you rather do…

Sell Out or Be You?

It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be a long fight.

Choose wisely.


“Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Don’t sell out.” -Christopher Reeve


By- Tom Kubrak

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