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Christian Davies
New York, New York
My name is Christian Davies. I'm a writer who finishes and ships writing projects on a pre-determined schedule. Sanity for Writers is a daily dose of pragmatic motivation intended to help myself and my fellow writers finish and ship our writing projects without sacrificing our sanity.
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When we throw a frisbee with our friends, we're always at the mercy of the weather. On a windy day, we might have to adjust our stroke in a way that allows the frisbee to better cut through the wind. On a still day, we might have to adjust our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
We have a plan for ourselves and our work. We set up a sustainable creative practice that allows us to execute that plan. We make steady progress toward finishing and shipping our current project. We ship our current project. We wait for the first wave of feedback and response. While... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
Why does balance matter? What connection do our finances have to our thing making? What connection does our family life have to our health? What connection does our capacity for inner peace have to our capacity for building lifelong friendships? The answer, of course, is everything. We’ve been sold for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
We get stressed out about our work. We get stressed out about our lives. We get stressed out about whether or not we’re going to rise from survival to stability to success to significance before our days are over. None of this stress-centric thinking is helpful to us as thing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
It’s easy for us to stop believing in ourselves as we go through the arduous journey of making our thing. We’re going to get rejected. We’re going to get teased. We’re going to get plenty of eyeballs rolled in our direction. Here’s the good news: Belief has nothing whatsoever to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
If we’re going to make things that matter, we’re going to have to be able to go long periods of time without a single word of praise or acknowledgment. Like camels, who can go six months without a sip of water and still survive, we’re going to have to learn... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
When someone needs our help at an inconvenient time, we feel an initial resistance to helping them, but what's the right thing to do? When our health is faltering because of our own bad habits, we feel an initial resistance to making the changes we need to make, but what's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
The first state is solitude. That's where we do our actual work. That's where we shut the door and set the timer and allow our brains to relax into an alpha state. That's where the surface chatter of our conscious mind eventually gives in to the quiet creativity of our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
When we experience low points - rejection, health crisis, job loss - we cherish the people who step into our lives and pick us up. When someone sees hope in our situation during the times we're not able to see it for ourselves and has the fortitude to point that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
We're sitting in a restaurant with our friends and family and we're talking to them about the desire we have to make our thing. We're listening to them talk to us about the desire they have to make their things. We're friends. We're family. We've heard each other talk about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
When we're lucky enough to be at a beach on the Gulf of Mexico, we notice a discernible breaking point about ten or fifteen yards off of the shoreline. Between the shoreline and the breaking point, the water is choppy, the undertow is strong, the waves all seem predetermined to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
When we look closely at the careers of those we most admire, we'll notice that each and every one of them has a track record of making things that didn't work. Stephen Sondheim has written musicals that bombed. Alicia Keys has recorded albums that bombed. Steve Jobs designed products that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
We've got the discipline. We've got the work ethic. We've cleaned up our life enough to have built a sustainable creative practice. We're showing up every day. We're finishing and shipping projects. We sense ourselves growing as humans and as thing makers. But nothing is happening externally. That project we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
There's a bakery in my neighborhood called Levain Bakery. They make enormous $4 cookies that are hot and gooey and absurdly good. Every weekend, Levain has a long line outside their door that stretches at least half a block. People love these cookies. A few weeks ago, Levain moved their... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
On rainy days, there are less people running in the park than there are on sunny days. That's an obvious observation, right? But here's what's interesting: The number of people who are out running in a light drizzle is more or less the same number of people who are out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
The way movies are marketed is changing. Large, bloated marketing budgets that appeal to the masses are slowly being replaced by small, targeted marketing budgets that appeal to specific niches. Marketing companies are even starting to edit different versions of a film's trailer in order to play consumer-specific versions of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
We know the product we're interested in buying on Amazon is more or less the same product whether we buy it as brand new or lightly used. The lightly used version will inevitably be cheaper than the brand new version - often half the price or less - yet we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
As thing makers, it's important for us to invest time into absorbing the things that other thing makers are making. If we want to write books, it's important for us to invest time into reading books. If we want to run a business, it's important for us to invest time... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
One of the best ways for us to maintain our sanity as thing makers is to think of ourselves as professional entities instead of as people while we're doing our work. When we think of ourselves as Thing Maker, LLC, instead of as Johnny of Janey Carestoomuch, we're able to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
As thing makers, it's easy for us to get addicted to the feedback of a small group of people. It's easy for us to think we need the approval of Person A or Entity B or Professor C in order for our current project to be considered a "success." (This... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
Last week, we established that the fastest way for us to set up a sustainable creative practice is to get out of debt and make a promise to ourselves to never, ever, ever, ever, ever borrow money for any reason from anybody ever again. (Ever!) We also established that the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
Vincent Van Gogh painted more than nine hundred paintings in his lifetime. Before he died, he'd sold one. One painting. Out of nine hundred. And he was Vincent Van Gogh! Here's the crazy thing: Hundreds of people saw Van Gogh's paintings while he was alive and almost no one recognized... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
Block is a terrible condition to experience. It's a tightness in our shoulders that leads to a tightness in our brains that leads to a tightness in our psyches that triggers a complete re-examination of all of our life choices. And that's before we've even had our second cup of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
Awards are awesome. Praise is awesome. Money is awesome. But what if we don't get any of those things right away? What if we don't get any of those things ever? Does that mean we have to wait to be awesome? Does that mean we have to run the risk... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers
When an aspiring chef sets out to make a new dish, she doesn't expect it to turn out perfectly on her first try. When a master chef sets out to create a new menu, she doesn't expect her entire fanbase to like every new item. To be a chef is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Sanity for Thing Makers