The Study: Issue #36 - You Are Not Your Tools
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You Are Not Your Tools
I like to test out a lot of new tools—some I even link here in this newsletter. Sometimes I'm trying to simplify or streamline a part of my process. Other times I'm not satisfied with a particular tool I've been using. I can usually tell within a few minutes whether an app, or pencil, or pen, or other item is going to work for my needs. However, when it comes down to it, I have to remember that no new, shiny thing is going to get the words down faster. It's not going to make me a better writer.
The new leather journal and fountain pen you ordered aren't going to make your thoughts deeper or make you write with them each morning. You have to do that. You have to put in the work.
This isn't the same as, say, moving from Google Docs to Scrivener to make the act of compiling your book easier. Or because you don't trust Google Docs not to lose your work or sell your information to third-party advertisers. This is about moving to Scrivener because you think it'll make you a "real" writer.
If you want to be a real writer, you have to write and no app or tool is going to do that for you.
So don't feel like every new thing is going to make your life easier. More often than not, the act of getting used to a new tool is going to slow you down and keep you from the real work of getting the words on the page. Focus on writing the best damn book you can with what you have already. You can pull out a legal pad and a Bic pen and get to work right away, or open a fresh Word doc and just start writing.
You are not your tools and your tools aren't going to make you a better writer. For that, you need to focus on your craft, on writing and reading as much and as often as possible.
So go do it.
Links & Headlines
Print Run Podcast Episode 134: “The Letter” | Soundcloud
“The Female Bartender You Meet in a Sports Movie” by Madeline Anthes | MONKEYBICYCLE
“Authors, Customers Demand Borderlands Books Owner Divest from Store” by Claire Kirch | Publishers Weekly
”Your Morning Routine: Start Small and Stack” by Charlie Gilkey | Productive Flourishing
“Librarians Turned Google Forms Into the Unlikely Platform for Virtual Escape Rooms” by Aliya Chaudhry | The Verge
Kraft Desk Pad | Denik
“Handmade Stationery Set Tutorial” by Lindsey Bugbee | The Postman’s Knock
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Tor Nightfire Unagented Submissions — adult horror novels and novellas from BIPOC writers only | Deadline: July 22
Luna Station Quarterly — circus-themed short fiction | Deadline: August 22
Mysterion — speculative short fiction | Deadline: July 31
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The Awakenings Review — poetry, short stories, dramatic scenes, essays, photographs, excerpts from larger works, and black-and-white cover art about personal experience with mental illness | Deadline: Rolling
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About Place Journal — creative non-fiction, poetry, fiction, hybrid work, video and artwork | Open for Submissions: June 1 | Deadline: August 1
Northwest Review — Translation, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essay, graphic narrative | Deadline: Unclear
Volney Road Review — poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction | Deadline: August 1st
Scrivener Tip of the Week — Opening Documents in a Copyholder
Sometimes you need to have a reference document open while you’re working on another document in your project. To open a reference document from the Binder in a Copyholder:
Option-drag (or Alt-drag on Windows) the document from the Binder
Drop it on an Editor Header Bar
The document will open right beside the original document so you can compare them.
In Case You Missed It…
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