I’ve been wanting to have a daily writing habit for a long time. I read Julia Cameron’s famous book The Right to Write and innumerable academic-based writing texts like Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day. I had dreams of writing fiction after this pesky degree could be finished and done. But nothing really panned out.
Luckily (?), I no longer have the luxury of figuring it out because DUM DUM DUMMM, my deadline looms. It isn’t so much that I lack the motivation, discipline, or even time anymore so much that my stupid brain gets in the way and fucks it all up. Delete, write a littttle, no delete delete delete, “I’m dum dum must research more,” and then curl up in a ball of insecurity.
As all the Self-Help books suggest, it is probably better to instill a HABIT instead of an emotionally-laden goal. And so, I have begun a writing challenge to build a daily writing habit.
Time I started writing: 12:30 pm, off and on until 3:30pm.
Word count: 240
Review: I wanted to see how much I could write at home at what is normally the worst time of day for me. It went well – the danger zone is actually more like 3pm-5pm. I did not write more in the evening but ended up reading/researching again. 240 words is not much and it is because I’m still self censoring instead of blurting it all out (to be edited later).
The funny thing is, I could NOT do the typical Pomodoro Method of timed productivity because this image stuck in my head:
Just fyi, I will be keeping pretty close tabs on this goal for the next 30 days but it won’t all be naval gazing daily blog posts. There is an ON POINT blog post on this girl just waiting to be written:
(The young authoress of Mimi wo Sumaseba)