January 3, 2021

Writing

What I did:

  • finished editing the post!

What comes next:

  • illustrations. There’s 5, and I think I can knock those out as soon as tomorrow. New post on Tuesday!

What I struggled with:

  • editing sucks when the raw material isn’t good. Here’s some ideas on making the raw material better:
    1. Trust the writing process and don’t begin typing until you have a concrete flow ready. Right brain work first, left brain work second.
    2. Get rid of the ‘I’s in your writing. Revisiting Adam Ragusea’s talk on writing could be helpful.
    3. Avoid adding fluff to your writing!

Music

What I did:

  • proper structure!!!! So much fun.

What comes next:

  • put structure into Logic and decide out of available options with some experimentation

What I learnt:

  • there is so much value in breaking down and analysing things you like. A lot of the ideas for this arrangement are coming out of analysing 2 or 3 of my favs and noticing what it is i like about them

Podcast

What I did:

  • More editing. Sectioned out episode 3

What comes next:

  • Go into each section, clean it up, piece them together

What I learnt:

  • Broad strokes first, fine strokes second: sectioning out the entire conversation means you can compartmentalize and attack each section in pieces
  • A lot of insight to take back when recording. Maybe be more aware of bits that could become cold opens? Even though the entire conversation is spontaneous, it follows a certain structure: catching up/warming up, topic introduction, actual topic, TLDR, cool down, outro. Try to think of which section you are in when recording.

What I struggled with:

  • Not knowing keyboard shortcuts to frequently used operations in Logic. Need to add some custom shortcuts too.

Other

What I did:

  • Classic Sunday weekly planning