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Does anyone do a daily 'writing practice;" a timed free writing session?

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Timed writing practice

I do, or at least I try to -- every weekday morning right after waking up, I'll write free-form for ten minutes. Last night's dreams, plans for the day, whatever.

I write it in a "Morning Log," a which I periodically review for ideas, mood trends and cycles, etc.

It's something I started doing on the advice of a writing coach when I was writing my first novel. I enjoyed it so much I've stuck with it, more or less, since then.


Sounds like an idea...

for jump-starting a journal.

I think I will try.

Thanks, both of you.
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Used to do Morning Pages

Years ago, I did what Julia Cameron calls Morning Pages. Three 8.5x11 pages, handwritten, first thing in the morning...

I'd have to go look at my old notebooks, but I think I did them for about six months. When I realized all I was doing was whining on paper, I stopped. I think they can help someone, with perhaps a bit more focus than I had.

I tried that (though not in

I tried that (though not in the morning. I'm NOT a morning person and I don't get up any earlier than I need to quickly get ready [even showers are relegated to nighttime and makeup only done if I REALLY feel like taking the time, or is done at work since I get there early most days]).

I found most of what I wrote was "well...uh...I don't know what else to write. Uh...my toe hurts. Uh....hrm...what else...the sun is coming through the window pretty. Wow, I really don't know what to write. Uh...look at all the cat hair on the carpet! Uh....I don't want to go to work tomorrow...uh...this is really boring..." Blegh, it was like small talk on paper. Plus it seemed like a huge waste of paper to me. Maybe if I'd been doing it electronically and not killing trees I wouldn't have minded so much, but...

Not really. I try to write

Not really. I try to write something everyday, but that doesn't always happen -- my schedule's been full of upheval these past 3 months.

OTOH, when "Noremember" rolls around, I'll be doing "miniNaNoWriMo" -- committing to write at least 100 words a day. Last year I ended up with 30k words. I found that once I got over the hump on the first 100, the rest just seemed to come like magic.

"In some situations you need to ask yourself 'WWRD?' What would Riggins do in a situation?"
Landry Clarke -- Friday Night Lights

daily writing

...on that note, I find even as few as fifty words gets me started...


...or would that be NanoNaNoWriMo? :-D

I love this idea, kadymae! I've tried to do NNWM for a couple years but I just can't put out 1,666.67 words per day, so as a result I don't write any words at all. This sets a goal that's much more my pace, which I can meet and maybe even exceed a little.

I used to joke that for me, November was really "MeNoWriNoMo."

Thanks for the inspiration!

Writing Practice - Daily Journals - Seinfeld Chain

Over at The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin [A former lawyer and US Supreme Court law clerk who decided that she needed to become a writer] talks about the writing habit that she calls her daily 'one-sentence journal'. The secret - it often results in more than one sentence.... (Production v. timed sessions?).

I haven't instituted on a daily basis yet, but you intrinsically know that merely taking action towards an arbitrary, small and attainable target can create in us the inspiration/energy/drive/need to keep going toward more.

Combining it with a Seinfeldian Chain could be the daily umph that one might need. I guess Jerry Seinfeld knows a little bit about writing. (Ever popular Joe's Goals includes a chain tool now.)


"We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act,
but a habit." - Aristotle

This I like

and need !!
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

My thing is that I don't

My thing is that I don't have a problem getting down to writing "something," as the dozens of journals and research journals I've filled over the past 20 years can proove. I'm also very good at free writing in the form of a "draft zero" and "getting things down on the page." My problem is making it into something decent later, and that's what I procrastinate on.

This being said, I'm thinking of organizing a "Writing Challenge" for November with a bunch of academic friends, but to make it 25,000 words instead of 50,000. I find 50,000 a nice figure, but not so manageable, and hence so many people probably just drop out.