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    #16
    Originally posted by Kaleo View Post
    And something else from writer to writer: Consider it as work. Schedule it, plan it. J.K. Rowling was unemployed when she wrote Harry Potter.
    Yeah, I've been thinking about self-publishing. I do consider it work and make a habit of writing at least 30min a day when I'm busy with something. (I just need to get started... )

    I'm definitely not going to be publishing much in S.A. There's no market for my type of work here. My profile picture is an amateur attempt at a book cover idea for my debut. I still need to find a professional to do that...

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      #17
      Originally posted by Nevetharine View Post
      Yeah, I've been thinking about self-publishing. I do consider it work and make a habit of writing at least 30min a day when I'm busy with something. (I just need to get started... )
      Talked with a good friend about self improvement for a while yesterday and was informed of the pomodoro technique to improve focus when emotions are turbulent:


      The method sounds a lot like doing sets of reps in exercise. My friend suggested starting with 5 minute intervals of whatever it may be to start (writing, cleaning, coding, etc). She also uses https://mynoise.net/ to create timers with sounds that help focus (I've been noticing that I don't work well to music anymore and have been choosing ASMR or things like mynoise instead).

      EDIT: I've met people that have sold ebooks via internet through amazon and done well. I'm not sure where the best place to do that is now (maybe still amazon) but definitely start dreaming about getting work online in a way where you can get paid without having to worry about mailing (could be print or ebook).

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        #18
        Hey there!

        Based on what you're describing and my own familiarity with long term unemployment... it sounds a little like you're experiencing a long term depressive episode to me. Tired all the time, lacking interest in hobbies that previously gave energy, and feeling a little bit like life is happening but you aren't living it are all some pretty major flags for depression. That said, I'm not a doctor - just someone very intimately familiar given my own diagnosis.

        oneironaut's idea really intrigues me and it reminds me of a resource I used early on to help with my own depressive episodes (which often manifested in me having trouble helping myself function in very basic ways) called Unfuck Your Habitat. The basic concept around UFYH is mostly towards people who have mental illness and thus have a hard time taking care of themselves and their surroundings. It's pretty common for people to experience a 'good day' and then do everything they can muster while they are feeling that good day only to be exhausted later and not be able to continue keeping up that level of cleanliness. Mostly the method is, depending on what kind of person you are and how much time you have, cleaning for 20 minutes, then resting for 10 minutes or cleaning for 45 minutes and then resting for 15. Rinse and repeat if you like until you're done or until the amount of time to do that thing is up. Same idea, right? I found it helped a lot for me.

        As a writer, however, I would say that perhaps you could start building your writing habit with prompts? Perhaps it's not quite what you would want to do given you want to get published with likely something much larger, but there are plenty of writing prompt resources online. You could make them small and brisk - easy to fit into a small time frame. I know for me that writing something that fills some kind of outside 'requirements' is often oddly freeing, but that's just me.

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          #19
          Originally posted by ArtBoyo View Post

          As a writer, however, I would say that perhaps you could start building your writing habit with prompts? Perhaps it's not quite what you would want to do given you want to get published with likely something much larger, but there are plenty of writing prompt resources online. You could make them small and brisk - easy to fit into a small time frame. I know for me that writing something that fills some kind of outside 'requirements' is often oddly freeing, but that's just me.

          Hi there... Luckily I don't have issues with cleanliness or so. Just in the way of hobbies I'm interested in little else than reading stuff online. Which is blah...

          I'm not sure about the outside requirements part - I think it may turn out like my art, where I was so preoccupied with meeting a certain standard that it took all the fun out of it and killed the creativity. To complete my debut, I thought "Ah screw it, I'll just write until its finished, regardless of whatever requirements are needed for publication."

          I do think I just need to get into the habit again. Maybe download some new music to listen while writing. Pomodoro sounds like a good idea, I used it while studying for my TEFL certificate.

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            #20
            Nevetharine Are there no temp agency's where you are ? in Canada most employers will use a temp agency coz they don't need a reason to ask for someone else or let go. Building sites here can always use labourers and cleaners.

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              #21
              thinman no unfortunately not. If you want to find work here, you need to be 1) experienced 2) qualified 3) of the right skin color to receive preference.

              Sometimes, people ask experience regardless of your qualifications. And vice versa. But overall, the unemployment rate is, 27% the last time I checked.
              The future is quite grim for me here, which is why I'm looking for work elsewhere, albeit remote work.

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                #22
                Nevetharine Here sometimes experience and qualifications don't matter, what matters is willing to work and reliable. All the best in your search, don't give up and think positive vibrations.

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