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A Sentence A Day

Volume 1: A+ Edition



By Jeff C. Whitaker














A SENTENCE A DAY: VOLUME 1


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Table of Contents


Preface

Prologue

September 2016 - The Beginning

October

November

December

January 2017 - Last year of my 20s

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September 2017

Notes - Commentary & Explanations

Bibliography

Connect with Jeff

Dedication


This one is for myself.

Preface



This revision is another step towards my goal of being a professional writer, author and publisher immediately following 32 Words & Things to consider when using them. After completing a work strictly on singular words the natural progression towards those goals is a work strictly on singular and [sometimes] complete sentences. This is that work; updated to reflect what this project should have looked like by replacing some of the lazier or repetitive work with sentences that fell on the exact same day a year or even 2 later; when I had a better understanding of how I like to work and write.

Prologue





I want to be a professional writer, author and publisher. I never went to school for English or writing specifically, nor have I worked as a paid writer. At 23 or 24 I began to focus on self-awareness. By 28 I had worked as a bar-back, landscaper, insurance agent (twice), for a pyramid scheme and in 2 different types of start-ups as a Chief Creative Officer and Vice President of Operations. Each step brought me closer to this point.

As a creative, I had this idea that successful artists had to use alcohol, weed or some other substances to create and the product would come from there. Since I officially decided to become a writer I learned way too much to think I ever seriously believed that.

Stephen King’s writing regimen1 is not unique to him. He writes a set amount of words consistently over time. Takes a break to take in the world before coming back to his work. He does this all totally sober. I had no idea how I would make the in-depth study of singular sentences into a fruitful, yet regimented project without getting sidetracked. So I scaled back the writing for a while to produce The Planner (coming soon) first as a way to hold myself accountable for being consistent while tracking my progress, and more importantly, my setbacks.

Once I had created a personal system that worked for me, I began to test ways to do away with a “work-life balance” in favor of a lifestyle that would be profitable and exciting. On my 28th birthday, I went to a book fair and saw a workbook called One Sentence A Day2 and it all made sense.

At the start of this project I wasn’t sure I would finish, but the ideas were coming in fast so I took notes of thoughts that came from the sentence that day. Those notes are in the ‘Notes’ section at the end of the book and will be denoted throughout the following pages, if there is a corresponding note, like this: (Notes, Corresponding #).

A sentence a day started as a tracking system for my progress and became a journal tracking my moods, thoughts, influences, successes and failures of each day. Once I made the first major revisions I noticed a few topics showed up much more than others, which was not an accurate representation of what really goes on in my head on a day-to-day basis. These are daily snapshots of my millennial life in its simplest form with revisions that should help paint a better picture of my influences and me.

I hope you enjoy.







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SEPTEMBER 2016

25. NO DRINKING (Notes, 1) FOR A YEAR (Notes, 2)

26. Do my actions Honor Me or My God? - Cell 39 (Notes, 3)

27. Stop Cat-fishing!

28. Guilt is useless; love is our guide.

29. Everyone has their own Agenda; stick to yours. // Don’t let the fear of losing be GREATER than the EXCITEMENT OF WINNING.

30. Most questions need not be asked if we respect time.
































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OCTOBER

(Notes, 4)

1. What’s the difference between Do and Due? (Notes, 5)

2. ALWAYS FORWARD; and make sure they spell your name right!

3. You’ll need God before God needs you. - Mom

4. Never outshine the master.3

5. Be thankful for everything; you’re alive. // Your biggest blessing is now.

6. There are infinite impediments to consistency. // Are you making excuses or do you have justifications? (Notes, 6)

7. What about the prosecutor? (Notes, 7)

8. Is it better to feel used or useless?

9. Create.

10. When’s the last time you have had an original thought?

11. I can’t afford to be broke.

12. I been on a different type of time (Notes, 8); when I got on a regular schedule is when I became regular.

13. A lot of it will be review but you must learn something new daily.

14. The realest niggas seem to value loyalty the same as or more than cash.

15. Consistency is inconveniently simple. // Fuck bitches, get money - Never hate.

16. Your secrets hold you back.

17. It’s easy to do what you want, the hard part is knowing when to do the opposite.


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