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Here at This is Not a Shortcut I am taking my writing from morning journal to getting published.

Hi, I’m Spencer. Currently a salesman for a small family owned business, father, and hopefully a freelance writer that created this blog to document my journey becoming a published writer (literally anywhere).

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Write by Hand

Call me old fashioned, but I miss analog writing. The good old pen and paper, with thoughts flowing (hopefully) freely through my arm right onto the empty lines. It was such a joy accomplishing so much (3 pages!) by the time I am really beginning to tackle the day and the house starts waking up. […]

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Focus on Your Wins

Grind through. I didn’t sleep very well last night. I woke up before my baby woke up crying at 3:20am and couldn’t get to sleep until close to 4am. This is less than ideal. I was hoping to have woken up beating my 6am alarm. Instead, I hit snooze and was woken up again 5 […]

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Holding Accountability

I’ve been away from my home and normal routine for a while and need to get back into the swing of things. I thrive in the morning. My routine in the morning is wonderful and I feel as though I’ve got it where I want it to be. So, it can be hard diverging away […]

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Communication Breakdown

Check in with yourself to see how you’re doing: How are you doing on the surface, and how are you really doing deep down? “How am I doing? Oh I’m fine. Yeah things are going pretty well actually.” Often times that’s true. I’m not lying about it. But there’s a lot that is left unsaid […]

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