Hey everyone! Welcome to my weekly writing newsletter! I know it’s been six months since I’ve sent this out, but I have just been so busy plowing through television shows written for teenagers and eating canned tuna for every meal that I haven’t had the time.
Pro tip: Adding a little bit of pepper to the mayo/tuna mixture really elevates the dish, which is especially handy if you’re not even going to bother making it into a sandwich.
Anyway, let’s talk about why we’re all here: writing!
Writing exercise to try: daily pages
I’ve gotten really into writing daily pages in the morning. If you haven’t heard of them, daily pages are a freewriting exercise where you have to write continuously for a certain period of time. I decided to do a little twist on this classic by writing “oh my god nothing matters” over and over again in a Google Doc while I’m on the train to work. The results? So far, I’ve seen absolutely no improvement in my writing and zero variation in the daily pages themselves, but I have felt remarkably more depressed since I started! Have you tried writing daily pages? Let me know how it worked for you, and if you also feel a weighty hopelessness at all times! 🙂
What I’ve been up to:
Not a ton of writing, to be honest. I’ve been cruisin’ through that Netflix show The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It’s okay. I don’t know that I’d recommend it, but it beats staring at the wall (which I’ve also been doing a lot of). There are some writerly themes in the show that you all would enjoy: The characters mention signing their names in the Devil’s book, which totally counts as writing! Gotta get that daily word count up somehow, right???
What I liked on the Internet this week:
– These days I mostly just scroll through Twitter, seeing much but processing little. If that sounds bleak, try thinking of it as a defense mechanism—then it’s kind of empowering!
– I saw a funny meme of a dog somewhere, but I don’t remember where and I don’t know how to find it anymore. I’m sure you all saw it, it was very popular.
What I’ve published:
Ummmmm right now I’ve just been doing a lot of pitching. Putting out feelers. Sending emails into the “void” haha. Nothing has really gone up since my last newsletter six months ago. I am working on a new essay though, so that’s exciting! I haven’t found a home for it yet, but I will say that I’m about 150 words in and I have already completely lost faith in my idea.
GIF of the week!
Okay did that show up this time? One of these days I’ll get the hang of attaching gifs to emails.
Amazingly, that’s all the personal and professional news I have! Stay tuned for next week’s issue, which will probably hit your inbox sometime next year.
Do you have a friend who’d like this newsletter? Probably not, right? Half the time I don’t even read this thing before I send it out. But I hear it’s good to have a lot of people subscribe to your newsletter because oh my god nothing matters nothing matters nothing matters nothing matters.