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There's lots of cliches about practice and learning a craft or developing a skill. It's needless to actually use on, but the fact remains... in order to get good at anything, I need to practice. More; a lot more. So... I'm outlining my goals, especially for this summer.
1) I want to read one book a week. I think this is a totally doable goal, at least at this point; if I end up getting a part time job, I'll be more reasonable and scale it back to a book every two weeks.
2) I'm going to compile a list of words during the week that I don't understand as I encounter them, and note where I found them and record the surrounding sentence. At the end of the week, I'll post them, as well the definition. (Diction is extremely important, and broadening my vocabulary is crucial: according to Mark Twain, "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.")
3) Every week, I need to produce 4 pages of writing, at least, not including regular journal entries.
4) I need to practice drawing something every day (in particular, the human form). If it's on regular paper, I need to scan it in. Preferably, I need to practice using my new tablet.
5) Watch at least one video tutorial on Painter X a week, preferably two; it just depends on the length.
My hope is if I'm a stickler about all of this, I will continue to experience some pretty radical growth in my writing and drawing skills.

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Lauren

April 2015

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