Friday, June 26, 2009

Writer's Horoscope #3

Well, it's time again for another "Writer's Horoscope." When reading this feature, it's important to remember that as writers, we're all professionals at making s&!t up. But this is REAL. It must be true! You read it on the internets!

If, however, you don't find that your entry in this horoscope seems to apply to you, it's entirely possible that your parents lied to you about your birth-date. (They may also be aliens. Or robots. Or robot aliens. Just remember next time you visit home, it wasn't our idea to cut them open and see what's inside!) Try another sign and see if it makes more sense to you. If it still doesn't seem to apply, keep in mind that they may not only have fudged the date, but the year, and possibly our earlier installments will fit you better. Find them here and here.

Aries (March 21 - April 19) - Don't be afraid of deadlines. They can push you past the blocks and hang-ups that impede your productivity and creativity. A little pressure can be a very good thing.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - You're a professional at making things up, and most times, that serves you well. But this skill -- this habit -- can cause endless grief when it comes to the business side of your career. Whenever possible, act on information, not speculation. When it doubt about someone's intentions, ask. Fiction is your profession, not the basis of your business plan.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) - Stop overthinking your work. Good storytelling a golf-swing. Repeat and refine aiming for perfection. Thinking in the moment will only trip you up. Get your thinking done ahead of time so you can follow-through in the moment.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) - Pay your debts, literal and figurative. This would be a good time to consider where favors are owed. Who has helped you in the past, and what can you do for them today? Perhaps somewhere, somebody is now thinking as well of you.

Leo (July 23 - August 22) - While you're trying to follow the latest trend, so are a million other writers. Following the herd is a good way to get turned into hamburger. Be true to your own talents and inclinations first. Only then should you try to adapt those to fit the marketplace.

Virgo (Aug 23 - September 22) - Having a routine can be a great key to productivity and consistency, but it's possible to take it too far. Have you fallen into a rut? Break things up. As an experiment, try a new writing schedule, location, or method. Who knows?

Libra (September 23 - Oct 22)
- Publishing relationships aren't like an ideal marriage. There's no "till death do you part" here, or there shouldn't be. Is a long time relationship: with an agent, editor, or publisher, still working for you? If you have doubts, you won't go to hell for shopping around a little.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - November 21) - Read Libra for some sage advice, but rather than getting out of a relationship, you should be thinking about getting into one. Maybe it isn't forever, but it should be as long and fruitful as possible. In that, look carefully at potential new partners, and consider how compatible you will be. Do not rush, do not force yourself into something you will regret later. Patience will be rewarded.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21) - As the worm turns into the butterfly, we must from time-to-time evolve. But while the butterfly changes only once, the writer must be reborn many times. Your time is coming again soon. Now would be a good time to take pause and contemplate that future. A change of scenery, perhaps a writing retreat, will allow you to chart your new direction.

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) - A new perspective may help your current project. Seek the advice of someone whose wisdom and experience you trust. However, don't seek to follow their path. Instead, ask them what they think about yours.

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) - The grind may be wearing you down. Don't give up hope, but don't get too lost in dreams of a grand and dramatic rescue from obscurity. The Gods rarely send down gifts in the form of lightning bolts. The most important progress is rarely so sure or dramatic.

Pisces (February 19 - March 20) - You've worked hard to get where you are. This would be a good time to reward yourself and enjoy the company (and energy) with friends. Throw a party, a barbecue, or organize an outing. Put the emphasis on talk, socializing, and shared activity. Too much drinking and wildness will defeat the purpose.

If this is your birth month: Look at the big picture for the coming months. This is a time of travel and new experiences. They can be a distraction, but treat them as preparation for what is to come. Consider them an investment in the future. Use your travels and experiences as research, and store energy for the winter. When fall comes, return to your projects renewed, recharged, and full of new ideas to bring to the page.

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