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Book of the Boss: My Favorite Bruce Springsteen Stories

It’s said that a Storyteller can spot another Storyteller from a great distance away. As a storyteller myself, I don’t have to look much further than my CD collection to tell you that Bruce Springsteen is one of my favorite storytellers. Before you get up in arms about Bruce Springsteen not being a writer, I have to point out that he is. In addition to being a brilliant composer, the Boss is quite obviously a writer. If we think about stories in simple terms: there is pre-conflict, conflict, and the new normal — Bruce Springsteen’s ballads have that and a lot more.

More than that, the great stories of human history began as oral traditions before the written language was utilized. Around a campfire, an elder would regale the youth of their people with stories of their history. Is Bruce Springsteen really doing anything different?

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Practical Advice: Shopping for the First Dorm or Apartment

Before I moved out on my own for the first time, my Mom had a stiff upper lip. Every time I’d do something she didn’t like, she’d say “that’s going to get you kicked out of your apartment.” Then the day came where we loaded everything into my sister’s truck and I was off to live 35 miles away and Mama was a bundle of emotion. She never thought I’d actually leave.

After we got done moving everything into that studio apartment, my sister took me to Walmart and loaded me up with stuff I needed for my first place. It’s one of my favorite memories, actually. Between working for one of the nation’s biggest big box retailers and working in the housing industry, I have the answers for when folks ask “what do I need for my first apartment or dorm?”

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Productivity Tools For Writers (…And Other People Too, I Guess)

You might not believe it, but a lot of people with ADHD really do want to be on top of their projects and not be a perennial disappointment to people who don’t understand the affliction. Truly, I always wanted to be a “Get Sh** Done” kind of guy and I absolutely hated the way people thought of me. Because of this desire to be efficient and effective, I’ve spent quite a bit of time trying to find methods to increase my productivity.

Unfortunately, nothing really worked or stuck. The reason for that is because my brain has an issue that requires medical treatment. Once I had the management of the core issue under control, I found myself with a lot of insight into how to keep on track with your tasks and projects. Finally, I see myself as a “Get Sh** Done” kind of guy and it’s a good feeling.

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The Write Stuff: My Writing Playlist

By now it’s no secret that I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). While that is serious, it is manageable, I just have to put certain tools and process into place in order to maintain my levels of productivity. One of my favorite dopamine producing activities while I write is listening to music.

This is another divisive issue among writers — some have to listen to music while they write, others find it distracting. I am someone that has to listen to music, it helps me shift into my creative headspace. Here’s why my brain becomes the ever-loving pain in the ass that it has been: it just be any music I’m listening to, it has to be the right music. It has to be energetic and heavy, melodic and pleasing to the ear. It came to a point where I had to program a specific playlist that my brain could immediately snap to writing mode to.

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Advice For Beginning Writers

[DISCLAIMER]: This blog is another writer focused one — we’ll return to our regularly scheduled buffoonery next week!

More often than not, when new writers become introduced to the Writers Community across several platforms, we feel compelled to offer them advice. We don’t do this because we feel superior or the need to be revered, but because we want them to be as successful as possible. The Writing Community isn’t perfect — there are ups, downs, triumphs, & trepidation, but ultimately we are passionate people who want to see other writers succeed. Often, writers will ask other writers what their advice is for new writers as an act of inclusions into the community. For this week’s blog, I wanted to share my advice that I’d give to new writers, maybe to create a statement that can be referenced later.

[DISCLAIMER]: My advice is not definitive, or no guarantee to be useful to you. Please consider the following to be an opinion and suggestion.

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