I think I’ve mentioned before that unstructured days can be hard for me – hard for me to just pick something and do it. I found myself more successful today than on other blank-slate days for a variety of reasons.
Reason one: three writing friends posted or responded about their writing progress the last two days. It’s hard to not write when your writing friends are hard at it.
Reason two: telling myself I could not leave the house to return the shirt that was apparently too small (darnit) and browse the last day of the local Festival until I’d sat down and written something.
Reason three: two writing articles.
The first is more serious and straight-forward, and quite frankly, awesome: 10 Questions Your Reader Shouldn’t Have to Ask by K.M. Weiland. I just experienced the “huh??” moment she describes recently and do not want my book to induce it in someone else: “You don’t want them asking the dreaded four-word question: What’s going on here? Or, worse, the end-of-the-line three-letter question: Huh?”
The second article is a little tongue-in-cheek but still features sound advice: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do by Colin Nassin. It’s hard to say which piece of advice was my favorite, but it’s possibly, Don’t Procrastinate:
Procrastination is an alluring siren taunting you to Google the country where Balki from Perfect Strangers was from, and to arrange sticky notes on your dog in the shape of hilarious dog shorts. A wicked temptress beckoning you to watch your children, and take showers. Well, it’s time to look procrastination in the eye and tell that seafaring wench, “Sorry not today, today I write.”
I loved Balki from Perfect Strangers. Damnit. Now I have to Google him. (I have to note, by the way, that I object to assuming it’s a temptress or seafaring wench whose tempting you. I tend to think of him more as a Don Juan-type. Or Balki from Perfect Strangers. But that’s just me.)
I wrote a respectable amount in and around errands and working on my personal project: 685 words. Could’ve hoped for more but that’s more than I was writing two weeks ago when I wasn’t writing at all so I’m really not complaining.
Have a good night everyone and happy new week.