How One Writer Uses Trello To Track Her Creative Progress

At some point in any creative’s life, they realize they can’t keep track of it all in their heads.

There are a lot of tools out there; from handwritten bullet journals to Scrivener to post-it notes, there is a plethora of choice. Because every person works differently, so different tools are going to be helpful to different people. Plus, even if a tool was useful at an earlier stage, doesn’t mean it’ll be the right tool for you right now.

If you’ve been following me, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve got a ton of balls in the air, so to speak.

  1. Revising a YA fantasy
  2. Sent my MG contemp-fantasy out for feedback
  3. Reworking some short stories
  4. Querying my short stories
  5. Revising other people’s queries – and posting some for my Query Corners
  6. Interviewing authors and posting Author Spotlights
  7. My weekly blogpost
  8. My weekly vlogpost
  9. Other #authortube activities – write-ins, short updates, etc.
  10. Volunteering for conventions – working on Balticon’s programming staff
  11. Assistant editor for Oddville – an online quarterly fiction magazine
  12. Applying to be a panelist at conventions
  13. Attending conventions (either as an attendee or presenter)
  14. Beta-reading for friends and family

I could probably think of a few more things I’m trying to do this month alone, but my list is getting a bit long. At some point, probably after some betas nudged me 3 months late, I realized I couldn’t keep tracking this in my head.

As I’ve discussed before, I love being able to check things off, I love keeping up productivity streak, I love feeling like I’m making progress.

To Do lists are always a good thing for me. But? I needed an online one. I needed to be able to check my list no matter where I was. I didn’t want a journal — I don’t carry a purse, just a phone-wallet.

There were a lot of post-it note or list style to-do lists, but my day job had introduced me to some project management tools. I’m a coder by day, and I’d worked with GitLabs, which has project milestones, and epic tasks broken down into 1-2 day chunks. So, I looked around to see if there was anything similar that I could use at home. Preferably free. And didn’t look like it came out of the 90s.

I saw ads for a few others – kept being shown while I was trying to binge Brooklyn 99 on the cheap Hulu. But? It seemed aimed at teams and collaboration — not something that was a major concern for me. I thought it might be far too heavy-weight for what I was looking for. The first thing I saw and tried was a tool called Trello. And I liked it.

I fell off the bandwagon back in November or so, but with my New Year’s resolutions, I set it back up, and I’m really liking it. It helps me visualize, prioritize, and make sure I don’t forget things with less immediate deadlines.

Anyway, enough preamble. Pictures are worth 1,000 words. (Or more. Because I’m pretty sure I could get super wordy if I tried to describe an image in excruciating detail.)

Trello Boards

In Trello, you can have one or more “boards”. As this is intended for project managing a team, you can have multiple boards for multiple projects. This year, I’ve split mine boards by 3-month-chunks, rather than splitting it up by writing-project. This way? All of my active stuff in one place, but I’m keeping the board itself from getting too cluttered.

When I first tried it out last year, I just had one for what I was writing and one for what I was reading (books, beta-reading, etc). But, it kept getting busier and more cluttered and I felt overwhelmed.

Trello offers lots of templates, so when I created a new board for this year, I looked through them and set one up. But, after careful consideration, decided it wasn’t quite what I wanted, so created ANOTHER new a board for this quarter.

My Actual Trello Board

My Trello Board for 1st Quarter 2020

In the upper right corner, you’ll see a menu drop-down. That’s where you can change the background color, search for cards, add stickers, and more. I like a nice mellow blue, but if I was managing multiple boards, I’d likely use a different color per board. (Spring might be green…)


As you can see on the right, there’s a button to ‘Add another list’. The lists are the large columns. I’ve labeled mine:

  • Backlog
  • To Do
  • Awaiting Feedback/Queried
  • Doing
  • Done

And each list contains a number of ‘cards’ that I’ve added to it. As a card moves through my process, I can click and drag it from one column to the next — forward, backwards, or skipping around.


These are my task items. I try to break them down into small chunks. Bite-sized tasks that could be completed in just a few days, nothing huge and epic.

Clearly, you can split your items anyway you want, but half of my reason for using this tool is the sense of progress I get as I check things off. I’d rather check off 7 sub-tasks a week, than wait 2 months to check the parent-task off. I’ll STILL be thrilled when I move that card into the ‘Done’ list, but this way, I get to celebrate the little achievements that help me on my way.

Cards hold a LOT of information and a bevy of attributes.

  • Titles
  • Labels (for different types of tasks)
  • Members (if other people are collaborating, you can assign them)
  • Due dates (you can schedule reminders!)
  • Check-lists (where it tracks percentage done!)
  • Attachments! (if you need access to outside files)
  • Descriptions
  • And more!

When you add a new card, whatever you enter into the box becomes your title. Once created, you can click on the title to edit the full card, or you select the pencil icon to quick-edit a single attribute.


I have a bunch of labels I use, to keep track of the different types of tasking I do. You can just leave them as color options, or you can edit them and add a word to the label.

  • Conventions
  • Beta-Reading
  • Housekeeping
  • Revising
  • Author spotlight\Query Corners (requires outside input)
  • Blog\Vlog (just me)
  • Meetups
  • Oddville (I’m an editor/slush reader)

The color-blind option adds the symbols to the left edge of the label. I know in a glance, when I look at my board, which things are get me closer to publication, which are supporting the community, and which are for my social media platform.


When I first saw that the items had check-lists inside them, I thought I was using Trello wrong. Then, I realized the truth. I could use those to break down the sub-tasks and watch my progress on a given task.

And the best part? I can use a pre-existing list as a template -> Just copy it on over to my new card.

Then again, it’s also one of the few annoyances I’ve found. It shows each and every instance of every checklist, rather than selecting from 1 instance of each checklist.

But still, watching the “Percent Complete” go up? TOTALLY WORTH IT.

Under housekeeping (my yellow label), I even made a task to make sure that I reviewed my board and updated all the tasks. The promise of watching that percent bar goes up almost guarantees I won’t miss a week.

Due Dates and Attachments

You’re familiar with the concept. I’m just taking a moment to show the screenshots for you. The Due Date lets you set reminders. The attachments lets you find stuff on many common hosting sites.

Deleting Boards

When you finish a project, you can always archive its board. But sometimes, you just don’t want the board to exist any longer. In those cases, you can delete it permanently.

Deleting a board

  1. Select settings
  2. Select more…
  3. Select Close board (this means no one can make updates to it)
  4. Confirm at the pop up
  5. Select ‘Delete’

Now, Trello has plenty of other features, from the automated Butler and more. But? For a solo creator, just trying to manage her workload? This is all I need.

Do you use any project management tools for your personal projects?

Which ones and why?

Let me know if you use Trello, too.

Don’t Give Away Your Writing Time

Sunday, in many parts of the United States was the start of Daylight Saving Time. A ridiculous practice in which we pretend it’s daylight longer by rolling our clocks forward.

I am exhausted and underwhelmed to have lost an hour of sleep.

I know that for people with children or pets or sleeping disorders, it can be harder. They’re not able to understand why we’re getting up earlier.

I console myself with the knowledge that I’ll get that hour back, come late fall.

But, all too often, we give away our writing time, without a government mandated clock adjustment.

This is going to be a ‘do what I say, and not as I do’ sort of post, that’s inspirational for me. I hope you find it a little inspiring, though.

When it comes down to it, all writers can categorize their time spent not writing into two types:

1. Intentional Time Spent Not Writing

We all have obligations and lives outside of our writing. Mouths to feed, chores to do, loved ones to support and cherise. Not to mention, many of us have day jobs — be they paid or unpaid. And all of those things deserve (or should deserve) our undivided attention.

And if you’re me? You probably want to fit some sleep in there. And contemplate exercising.

Plus, we all need downtime. Being 100%, all the time, is exhausting. Scheduling 100% of your time is going to lead you to be checked out, whenever you can get away with it. Schedule in the things that motivate you or refresh you. TV binge watching, marathon training, book reading, long walks on pretty spring days.

Whatever brings you joy and helps lower your stress level.

2. Unintentional Time Spent Not Writing

These are the time sucks. When you’re free to write, and you go to sit down to write, but instead end up on social media. Or watching three hours of Tiny House videos, or downloading some sort of tetris game, where the lines of blocks just slide sideways, and playing til you hit level 19…

These are just random examples off the top of my head, I don’t know what sort of things you people are into.

I wanted to call it stolen time, but that time isn’t stolen, you’ve just given it away. And then it’s 11:30 pm and you’re just starting your weekly blog post, and you still owe a beta reader some feedback. (But, at least your latest chapters are with your mentor, so at least she’s not waiting on you.)

If you’re not careful, you can lose all your writing time, in the blink of an eye.

For those of us without agents, we create our own schedules and goals, and we’re the only ones holding ourselves accountable.

Is the extra downtime puttering worth it?

I usually say that, unlike exercise or people, if you don’t have time for your writing or it’s not bringing you joy, you can always put it away for a few months… or decades, and it’ll be there waiting when you’re ready.

I’m never quite sure if that analogy is comforting or creepy, but hey. It is what it is.

But, the last person I said that to is past retirement age and reminded me, not all of us have that much time. And they’re right. Not to mention, none of us is guaranteed tomorrow.

Only you can decide if goofing off and getting more downtime is worth giving up your writing time today. Maybe you’re having an off-day. Maybe you’re stuck in your writing and letting your brain try and process in the background without forcing it too hard, maybe you’re tired and brain-friend and don’t want your writing to look as coherent as a cold-medication-inspired ramble.

But maybe, you’re just not focused on the end goal and you need to buckle down.

Look at your dreams, your goals, and the people who matter to you. Decide what you’d most regret not-doing — that you KNOW you want to do — and start your list of priorities there.

5 Tips For Fighting Burn-Out: Learning Limits And Finding Gratitude

For those of you in America or from America, I’d like to wish you a very merry Thanksgiving. For the rest of you, I hope you have a great day.

I knew, going into November, that NaNoWriMo might not happen. The first couple days I was going to be a writing convention, I have a massive work deadline coming up in early December, plus, there’s that whole family and holiday thing you might have noticed is happening. But still, I had hope and plans.

However, I’ve had to take a step back and reassess. Here are my:

5 Steps For Avoiding Burn Out

Step 1 – Recognize Your Limits

As my work deadline approaches, my day-job hours have kept growing, eating into my writing time. When Tuesday turned into a 14-hour workday, I just couldn’t handle it. I tossed about 200 words on the page and crashed out hard.

I was too plain exhausted to pull out more words. I now know that 10-12 hours is about all the productivity I have in me during a given day. If work uses it up, then I have to recognize that it’s okay for me to let the writing slip a little.

Step 2 – Reassess Your Goals

This past Monday, I decided to stop worrying about stretching a middle-grade novel to 50,000 words and toss my blog post word count into my NaNoWriMo total. (I’m a rebel!) 

I felt disappointed in myself, in my progress, in the fact that I couldn’t stretch myself to make it work. However, looking back on my past NaNoWriMo wins, they happen when life and day job aren’t getting in the way and I admitted at the start of this month that they might.

As the month wears on, I’m contemplating aiming for 1,000 words a day (on average) instead of that NaNo dream of 1,666 words per day. I hate to concede, but at some point, you have to recognize when you’re burning the candle at both ends, you’re gonna get burnt out.

Step 3 – Recognize Your Needs

I have a chocolate stash, easy microwave dinners, and a comfy bed. Despite my writer-self telling me it is, getting my word count in is honestly a want, not a need. In order to get words in, I need 3 things:

  • Energy – I need to not have used all my energy at work. I need to be reasonably rested. I need to be able to focus on things without my vision blurring over.
  • Cope  – I need energy and a minimal of top-priority things fighting for my attention. Being able to prioritize and feel like I’m at least treading water, not actively sinking helps a lot.
  • Downtime – I used to have a commute to contemplate story ideas. These days? I’ve got a 9-minute commute which is amazing and I love. But doesn’t give me quiet time to think. Maybe I need to start using that elliptical I picked up second hand and spend that time on story contemplation. Or keep watching the new Duck Tales, because my brain needs a break. I cannot keep going from 12 hours at my day job staring at code directly home to write. It’s breaking me.

Step 4 – Give Yourself Credit

You might be disappointed in your output – your word count, your plotting, your writing itself. Your story might be a hot mess. But those experts say that it takes 10,000 hours of something to become an expert. You’re working on writing under pressure, practicing deadlines, and even if you’re missing them?

  • A – They give a great breeze when they race by
  • B – You’re still closer to the end of your novel than you were before you started. Be it 50 words or 50 pages, you’re making progress.
  • C – You likely have a better idea of what you want your novel to look like. Be it “I know how to fix this” or even just “now I know that won’t work”
  • D – You likely have a better feel for your characters and their voices. Maybe you’ll have to start over from scratch… but I bet when you look at it again, you might find sections you can use wholesale.

Step 5 – Practice Gratitude

I don’t know what things in your life make you smile, but hopefully, there are many things. And if not? Maybe it’s time to make changes that will get you there.

For me? I’m grateful for many things:

  • My friends and family who love and care for me – and have me lined up to attend 3 Thanksgiving celebrations on 3 consecutive days.
  • How supportive my friends, family, and writing community are.
  • My quiet, comfortable home where I write.
  • My day job that stretches my skills, teaches me more, and is full of welcoming and enthusiastic people.
  • My creativity and writing skills
  • That I learned how to touch type.
  • Electricity and the internet. Because my life kinda revolves around them.
  • My health (and health insurance).
  • Um… I feel like this is when I should say something “and viewers like you”

If you’re starting to feel strung out, look at why. Is it because you’re not used to writing so much and it’s taking an adjustment period? Or is it because your non-writing obligations and life are taking their own toll on you. Only you can decide if you can cut things out of your life, or if your writing needs to be trimmed back a bit.

Have you had to deal with burn out? Did you just take a break or were there other things that helped? Let me know!

Wishing you all a happy and drama-free Thanksgiving.

What Do You Give Up For Your Writing?

Giving Up

I was raised Southern Baptist* and we don’t do Lent. I might have seen ashes on people’s forehead’s once or twice before I headed off to college, but just accepted that as “a Catholic Thing.” I was barely aware of Mardi Gras outside of The Count of Monte Cristo**

In college, though, I learned about Lent. That’s when I discovered it was a time for sacrifice and cleansing. It started to fascinate me. What was I willing to give up?

As writers, we give up a lot for our writing.


First and foremost, we give up our time.

During NaNoWriMo? I’d say I spent 60 hours writing in one month, that’s 15 hours a week. And that’s not counting the time I was distracted by the internet and trying to write.

In an average month? I’d say I spend 3-10 hours a week on my writing. And that’s before you go into beta-reading other people’s work, reading about writing (mostly blogs), and helping run a writer support group (well, 2 right now, because I was backup for a 2nd group). That’s probably another 8-10 hours a week. [Note to self: change up that ratio! More time writing, less time talking about writing.]

– Hobbies

That time has to come from somewhere.

For many of us, writing is technically a hobby. But it’s also a dream, with further potential.

When you make your writing a priority, something’s got to give, and for most of us, our hobbies are the first to give. Those are things we do just for us, so, they’re the most easily sacrificed. The time most easily carved out.

Be it team sports, reading, or video games: we’ve got to make a choice and these tend to be first on the butcher block.

– Social

I’m not saying we lose friends over our writing, but when it comes to finding time for writing, spending time with friends can suffer. “Want to go dancing/to the bar/meetup?” turns into, “I can’t, I’m trying to finish this revision by the end of the month.”

Don’t ask me how excited I am about Friday nights at home, with no distractions, no bedtime, and a chunk of editing to do.

– Downtime

You know that time you spend sitting in front of the tv (or computer) just vegging out, mindlessly being entertained? Hanging out with friends with no scheduled activity or set end time? You might still try to do this, but in the back of your head is a clock saying “you could have finished that chapter tonight.”

– Fitness

You want to hit the gym, but you got out of work late again and if you’re going to get this book out there, being queried sooner, rather than later, you need to get home. You’ll just skip snacks tonight, it’ll be fine.

4 hours later, 1 microwaved dinner and 2 snacks, with 1 chapter edited: it’s past time for bed.

– Family

A lot of family time IS downtime and social time. So, by giving up those, you give up time with family. I try to set aside time for family where I’m not writing, but they usually end up being events, where there’s an event and a scheduled activities. Making family time double as social. Sometimes, I schedule family time for writing events- this year, I’m going to Balticon with my mom.

Looking for Balance

Giving up all that stuff to carve out time for writing takes away your balance.

When you’re over-scheduled and every free moment is chores or writing, it’s time to step back and see where you’re losing time and where you can find time for those other things.

My goal for lent is to stop wasting time on click-bait. Those “12 reasons X” and “30 stories of Y” and find more actual downtime AWAY from a computer.

What do you find yourself giving up?

*although, a peace-love-and-acceptance sort of church, not Fire and Brimstone + bigotry which is what some of the Southern Baptist churches seem to be preaching these days. Side Note: Southern Baptists do use dried palm leaves on Palm Sunday.

** I shouldn’t blame that on my hometown. That was just me not watching much tv.

Hamilton Lyrics to Write By: Act 1

Hamilton Lyrics to Write By

When you’re a writer who’s addicted to the Hamilton soundtrack, eventually, the lyrics seem to start talking to you. It’s your roll model, your sympathetic friend, your motivation.

Truthfully, I can’t actually WRITE to Hamilton, I get over excited, no way to focus while singing along. But that doesn’t mean the lyrics don’t inspire me to write my own story, to find out who’s in my narrative.

Alexander Hamilton

“By working a lot harder, By being a lot smarter, By being a self-starter… Put a pencil to his temple, connected it to his brain, And he wrote his first refrain,”

Writing is a lot of work and it’s lonely work. If you can’t motivate yourself to sit down in that seat and focus on your story, you’re not going to make it. I sometimes wish that writing beautiful prose just required hooking up the pencil to my imagination, but unfortunately, my worlds have to live with me doing the interpretation.

My Shot


“And I’m not throwing away my shot” – Hamilton, from Hamilton

“I am not throwing away my shot! Hey yo, I’m just like my country, I’m young, scrappy and hungry, and I’m not throwing away my shot!

For each manuscript, you can only submit it to an agent or publisher ONCE. They don’t like being pestered. Sure, if you do a complete revision and make it into something new, you might be able to finagle a new chance, but you better blow them away. So, I stress hard about making that query and first chapter shine, making my story shine, making my synopsis shine. There’s only one chance to make that all-important first impression. I struggle with deciding–is fear holding me back? Or is it because I am NOT truly ready.

The problem is I got a lot of brains but no polish. I gotta holler just to be heard.
With every word, I drop knowledge!
I’m a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal. Tryin’ to reach my goal. My power of speech: unimpeachable

Sometimes I feel like my novel’s a gemstone in the rough. I don’t think I could call it a diamond, that’s not the sort of stories I write, but it could shine. I’ve got to learn to add polish to my writing, until it gleams. I need to learn how to trickle in my knowledge–the world building, the backstory. I know I can write it all out, but I need to become the gemcutter, and take away everything that keeps my novel from shining.

They’ll Tell the Story of Tonight

They’ll tell the story of tonight

Most novels are talking about a particular day, a particular night. You don’t need to show the monotony, the average life. You have to make it count. You’re showing the nights that matter.

The Schyler Sisters

Work, work! I’m lookin’ for a mind at work

As a writer, I feel like my novel is always being worked on, in the back of my mind when I’m doing other things. Or maybe it’s my idea for a new project. But, a writer’s mind never stops working.


Rise Up

If they tell my story I am either gonna die on the battlefield in glory or—Rise up!

If I can get my novel good enough, maybe I can win acclaim. Maybe my story will be the one that touches you and that you go back to, year after year. I’m happy for that small acclaim, but I can’t help but dream of making history.

…master the element of surprise.

Making tension rise, making the reader feel it, making them skim through the pages desperate to know what happens next, how do the characters escape, will they live? And then…the twist! The twist that seems obvious in retrospect but they couldn’t see coming. That’s the dream.

I’ll rise above my station, organize your information, ‘til we rise to the occasion of our new nation. Sir!

My world is a fantasy world. I’ve created a new nation.

You know what’s inspiring though?

However, it’s inspiring to know that the most important ability Hamilton had was his skill with the quill. Being able to convey ideas in such a way to convince other folks that his vision was the right vision. He managed to get supplies, find spies, and fund our new nation. Without a writer at the right hand, George Washington would have had a lot harder time winning the US its independence.


And the sky’s the limit…

When you’re the writer, you can do anything. You just have to make it work for your story.


You’re like me. I’m never satisfied

This is the hardest part. Is my story truly ready to query or does it need work. Am I stalling for fear, or out of perfectionism. When is “good enough” truly good enough.

It’s hard to be subjective with your own work. That’s why beta readers and critique partners are crucial. At least for me.

Wait for it — (I keep changing to “work for it”)

Theodosia writes me a letter every day

All the people giving advice say that you need to make it a habit. Writing every day, editing, working on your craft so you can master it.

Then I’m willing to wait for it, I’m willing to wait for it

I keep changing this to “I’m willing to work for it,” but writing has a lot of waiting inherent in it. Downtime that gives you a chance to start on your next project.

You wait for feedback from beta readers, critique partners, and editors.

You wait for that email from the contest or the agent, telling you if you’ve been accepted or if you need to try someone else.

You’ll wait for that interested agent to read your pages and decide if you’re right for them.

You’ll wait for your agent to submit editing feedback.

You’ll wait for your agent to find that perfect publisher. If they can be found.

You’ll wait for your early release reviews.

You’ll wait for your book launch.

You’ll wait for your sales numbers and reviews.

Writing isn’t for people who need instant gratification. It’s a waiting game and you’ll need to hone your patience to win.

We rise and we fall, And we break, And we make our mistakes.

Writing is hard. Feedback hurts. Motivation ebbs and wanes. Finding the best story out of the draft you started with is a challenge. You have to be willing to face your mistakes and fix them. Don’t just smooth them over with a line edit and call it good enough.


“I’m willing to wait for it.” Burr from Hamilton

That would be enough

The worlds you keep erasing and creating in your mind

Finding my setting, my world was my first big challenge. Introducing my readers to it is my current struggle. But it’s better than the old world it was in. And I’ve got a great idea for this Greek inspired story… and this Robin Hood inspired story… So many worlds, all in one head.

Oh, let me be a part of the narrative In the story they will write someday
Let this moment be the first chapter: Where you decide to stay

Finding the right moment to start the narrative, finding out where the true first chapter starts is hard. And you want your reader to stay in the moment you create for them, draw them into the narrative so all they can think of is: what happens next.

History has its eyes on you. Who lives, who dies, who tells your story

You’re writing someone’s history. Contemporary, fantasy, history is about the people. Make sure you have the right person telling the story.

When you’re the writer, you can make the story make sense. In the real world, people die for bad reasons. When writing, you can decide why someone lives or dies. You can make it make sense.

The world turned upside down

I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory

When you write death, it becomes your own memory.

We gotta go, gotta get the job done seize the moment and stay in it

If you want your story told, no one else can tell it for you. You’ve got to MAKE the time, and stay in the story long enough to get the story told.

When you knock me down I get the fuck back up again!

Life hits hard. It steals time and energy and motivation. Yet, if you’re going to succeed as a writer, you’ve got to take those knocks and keep going.

What comes next

I’ve got a small query for you:

This makes me chuckle. Queries are so small for something that contains such big hopes and dreams. It’s a lot riding on 250 short words.

What comes next?
You’ve been freed Do you know how hard it is to lead?
You’re on your own Awesome. Wow
Do you have a clue what happens now?

Oceans rise, Empires fall
It’s much harder when it’s all your call

This is devoted to the plot. You’re the one who figures out what happens in your story. I’d say you’re the one making it up, but to me, it feels more like I’m uncovering the truth. If this happens, then, because of the world and the character, this is what HAS to happen next. It’s all a set of dominoes, and the writer’s just trying to figure out the pattern to follow.

Dear Theodosia

Someday, someday, Yeah, you’ll blow us all away

I want them to say this to me. That I’ve blown them all away. Admit it, you do too!

I’ll make a million mistakes.

Luckily, I’m not published and I can fix them in my next draft!

We’ll bleed and fight for you, we’ll make it right for you
If we lay a strong enough foundation, We’ll pass it on to you,
we’ll give the world to you
And you’ll blow us all away… Someday, someday

Writing my novel takes blood and fight to make it right. The world is the foundation, and the readers are waiting. They don’t know what they’re waiting for, but I want it to be my story.


How to account for his rise to the top?
Maaaaan, the man is Non-stop!

Why do you write like you’re running out of time?
Write day and night like you’re running out of time?

Looking at my schedule and my commitments, I’ve adopted the hashtag: #theGirlIsNonStop . If you want to tell your story, you’ve got to squeeze in your writing whenever you can. I look to Hamilton as an inspiration. And hope I’ve got more time.

I’ll be Socrates Throwing verbal rocks at these mediocrities

Occasionally, you write that one line that ties everything together and you get your smug on. That’s what this line is.

We have to start somewhere, take a stand with pride

Finding the perfect first line. That’s the dream.

There’s no one Who can match you for turn of phrase

I want to have that skill. I want people to say that about me.

Don’t forget to write

So important.

How do you write like tomorrow won’t arrive? How do you write like you need it to survive? How do you write ev’ry second you’re alive?

Hey, I wrote this. I’m working my way up to Hamilton level writing.

Any lyrics inspire you? Any lyrics strike you a different way?