Saturday, January 02, 2010
Bodies In Motion
Here's some random thoughts about writing and mildly interesting (or maybe not even mildly) discoveries of the last year. Hope everyone is well and recovered from holiday madness. Today the tree goes down. I had one of those mothers who took the Christmas tree down on Christmas afternoon while Beth and I crawled around picking up pine needles from the carpet. She wasn't one to linger in the holiday glow. And truth be told, I'm not either, but I gave it an extra week this year just because.
1 -- I work better with a word/page count than a set amount of time to write. Having done it both ways, I notice a huge increase in productivity when I have a goal to reach. I also get a lot less bogged down in my own worries and have an easier time with plot. Go figure.
2 -- Take a day off. I take Sundays off now and since I've started, more writing gets done. I think if you're "always writing," you're "never writing." Work hard and take a deserved rest. It's counter intuitive, but you'll get a lot more done.
3 -- Enjoy yourself. This one seems self explanatory, but I never gave it much thought before this year. I thought of writing as passion, pain, and most of the time, about as much fun as a colonoscopy. But I've been having a lot more fun, making myself laugh (fortunately I'm easily entertained), taking more risks. Not everything need be so very serious.
I'm sure there's more, but those are the essential truths that come to mind. Also, remember the whole body in motion stays in motion. I don't know about this when it comes to exercise, but I do know that this is true of any long writing project. Even a little each day is better than nothing to keep the flow.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"I'm here today because I hated everything else." Wanda Sykes
Nominations for favorite drink of the year? I'll be posting some new recipes very soon.
Benedictions and Maledictions