Writing in Advance

 

address-adult-african-1061576For a while now I have been posting a blog each day, but often at different times. This is honestly a problem. I really need to make sure that I post a blog every day at the same time that way people know they can read it. Imagine if your newspaper showed up at a different time every day. You would not only stop reading it, you would likely cancel the subscription.

People need routine.

And I completely understand this, as I stream at the same time every night on my twitch show, however when it comes to my blog I have been incredibly lazy. Couple this with my inability some mornings to get up in a timely fashion and then voila you have the issue of me posting at random times. I mean honestly it’s going to be 5:50 or so most likely by the time this blog post is posted. And that is if I write it quick.

I need to get into a better writing routine and start posting every day ideally in the morning maybe around 8:30 or 9:00. Not sure which of the two times, but I will choose one soon. Now some mornings I get up and I am tired or I have to do something, should I just post later? No! What do I do then?

Write blogs in advance. I really cannot believe I didn’t think of doing this until now. And honestly I think it was because I liked the idea of getting up every single day and starting it off with writing a post. Yes, it is very poetic and sounds pleasant, but life happens and the days just do not always work out that way.

Take tomorrow for example, Niki and I are going snowboarding. How the hell am I going to write a post tomorrow at all? By the time I get back it is going to be time for my twitch show. Thus I knew I needed to write a post in advance. And this is how I got the idea. It’s like they say,

“necessity is the mother of invention.”

But then it got me thinking some more. Why don’t I do this more regularly? Often there are times when I am on a roll and there are so many things I am eager to write about. That is really when I should write about them. The moment I write down the idea to write about for a later date I have just doomed that blog post to being not nearly as good as it would be had I written it in that moment of inspiration.

And besides, then I wouldn’t have to worry so much about writer’s block.

That’s a real thing by the way. I can’t imagine the pressure for paid writers who have to churn articles out every day. What happens when they are stuck? Well, they are fucked! lol.

At least for me this blog is something that I am the complete boss of and while yes I understand writer’s block to a degree, because if I don’t post everyday then I will start to lose my following so it is necessary that I work at this, it isn’t quite the same as having my ass on the line.

But nonetheless, some days I know when I am writing a post that it is total filler and not at all as good as the last post or one of my previous ones. This is why I encourage everyone to take action and plan. Be smart about what might happen in the future and prepare yourself for. Do not just wait until the last second and then be caught off guard.

So today I am going to write another post immediately after this one, while I am inspired and while I have the time to do so. Then I will publish it tomorrow bright and early and ideally keep my training running from that moment on. So while tonight was a late read, rise and shine at 8:30 AM tomorrow or so and read my new post. It’s going to be a good one all.

 

Thanks again for reading and keep smiling,

Nolan

What changed

A few days ago I wrote a blog post about rapping and lyrics, and I mentioned that when I was younger lyrics never mattered much to me. I would just listen to a song if the instruments or the beat sounded cool, the lyrics didn’t really mean much to me.

In college I had a friend named Luke who was a pretty decent rapper, I honestly should reach out to him and encourage him to write because he was legitimately really good at rapping. His words and messages were also stellar.

But the one thing I always remembered was how he hated jack Johnson. Yes he hates jack Johnson. And he told me why. It was because jack Johnson makes the chords and the song and then finds the words that fit.

Luke worked the other way.

He found the words first, and then made the beat to the message.

I don’t think there is a right or wrong way, but I do understand the difference in the method of writing. And I think it is worthy noting.

I find that I work the jack johnson way. If I hear music then it will stimulate my mind and soul and I will feel an emotion and then I will find words to express how it makes me feel or the memories that it makes me draw on.

And I like it that way.

Sorry Luke, if you are reading this please don’t hate me lol. But I will say that I have made a change since the olden says. The words are extremely important to me now. I can’t do songs that I have messages I find repulsive. And my definition of repulsive is very unique to me lol.

I know it when I see it.

Or hear it. You get the idea. But the song or beat is equally important to me. It all has to come together. I can’t have great lyrics but a crappy beat or the other way around.

I guess that makes me picky.

But again, I am totally fine with that. I just have a higher standard for making a song, and I think that is good. Aim for the stars, because you are going to miss anyways but if you aim high then you get a decent result in the end.

So cheers to everyone out there that writes their own music, it’s certainly a fun experience at the least, whether the sound turns out good or not. But aim for the stars everyone, and make a great song, regardless of which method you use.

Keep Smiling,

Nolan

Writing all Day

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Today I had a sort of half day at work. Got up, took care of work and then I was get started on the projects I wanted to get on to. And man its time to write.

First, I just finished writing all my thank you letters to my fans as well as addressing their envelopes. So sorry to everyone that it took me this long to get to this. I really was slacking, but now I am back on it. I got a little bit disorganized for a bit there.

Jordan Peterson would be ashamed that I didn’t clean my room for a few days.

So sorry, getting that straightened today.

Now that I have the letters all taken care of I’m moving on to todays blog post. Getting this up right now as you read, and once this is done then I will be on to writing raps until the stream tonight.

Hell, with all the rapping I am doing I wonder if I should start writing a weekly article for the paper or something. I honestly think that I could fit it in, I’m already working in overdrive anyways. Besides, I like having no time to nothing but work.

A busy Nolan is a good Nolan.

I also have a hypothesis about my raps, as to why they have started to get much better, especially my free styling. I think all this writing is getting my brain working on another level and that it is remembering more words than I used to. I really don’t have any other explanation. It isn’t like I suddenly got a lot smarter and read a ton of books or something, I think the usage of more words on the daily has been increasing my brain’s mental bank.

I also think that it could be due to the fact that I listen to intensely to lyrics now whereas in the past I did not. That deserves a blog post in itself. When I was in high school I could care less about lyrics, but now it is almost all I care about. If the lyrics are super trash, I cannot listen to it. Now, by trash this does not exclude party rap or turn up music, just things that I find offensive or wrong: which is a wide variety of which many of you would be surprised to find what is and what is out.

Most likely, it’s not what you all would expect.

It was really funny the other day I was chatting with 80purppp and I told him my favorite lines from his songs and replied,

“you listen so well it’s scary.”

I fucking love that hahaha! And I think it is good to listen intensely to lyrics, especially if you are working on your own raps. You can get so much inspiration and technique from the people that you listen through absorption. When I really think about it, my flows summed up would be a mix of Too Short, Tyga, Big Sean, Pouya, G-Eazy, and most definitely Logic. His rapping has had a huge influence on mine. And it totally happened subconsciously. When I was listening to myself freestyle I thought,

“Oh shit I’m going logic mode right now!”

So I recently I started listening to a lot of Logic to study his rhymes so I could work on mine. And dude I fucking love logic’s new album. It’s an absolute masterpiece. But that is its own blog post.

Another rapper whose flows have snuck into my raps is Jay-Z. And dude, I am cool with that. HOV has such a classic sound. I just hope my sound doesn’t sound like a rip-off lol.

And two rappers I wish I could emulate would be Method Man and Mac Miller. Those two are just simply amazing. R.I.P. Mac.

Well, today’s post is a little short as I have even more writing to do, but tomorrow is going to make up for it because it is Sunday. This means it is not the day of rest, but the day of work when Top Shelf and I get in the studio and make a new track. But it’s the most fun work I do, so it’s like rest. I think God will be pleased.

Especially with the messages, the two of us are working very hard to keep our raps real and not full of bullshit.

Time to get at it and like Logic says GET IT DONE.

 

Keep Smiling,

Nolan

Being too busy

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Yesterday I dropped my first recording of my rap track during my show last night. It’s not done, but it’s a complete product with verses, hook, etc. My show was highly receptive of it but also critical in a good way such that I am working on it this week to improve it.

I asked all of my fans and viewers for honest feedback and some of the comments I got back were very interesting, especially one in particular.

Boneicide, a long time fan of mine, said something like,

“I think the track is quite good, but to be honest I think you have too many creative projects in the kitchen.”

I read it, said thank you for the comment and put it in the back of my mind. Over the past  night and day I thought about it some more though and I quite agree. I really do have too many creative projects going on. One I work on my stream every night, Two I blog every day, three I try to maintain some sort of presence on social media, and now four I am writing and producing raps?

And that is not even mentioning by day job and my family business matters that I still oversee.

So Boneicide really has a great point. Even though I may be good at all the things I do, (or not depending on your opinion) I don’t have all the time in the world to do them all.

I need to choose.

So I think what I will do is stick to my blog and my stream as my main points of outlet, and not let the rapping take up too much of my time because I don’t want it to consume my stream, since that is the most important project of mine.

But, I have to say, making the rap with TopShelf was really fun. I definitely am going to do it again and we are going to master this track and make it really cool. I would honestly love to make more.

But, I am listening to Boneicide. I will work much more consciously to manage my time and be real with myself and my project ambitions. After all, I need some time for eating and family/friends too.

Budgeting time is tough for me since I have that type of personality where I want to do everything because it is all fun and it is all interesting.

It’s a blessing and a curse at the same time, but it is my responsibility to keep it largely a blessing.

And thank you to my chat, tonight Boneicide in particular, as through your comments and feedback I have new, interesting topics to think and write about.

 

See you all tomorrow, keep smiling,

Nolan