This blog is slowly turning into a collection of “I’m back” and “Yes, I am alive” posts, and this entry is no different – although I won’t say I’m back. I never really went anywhere; I just stopped writing…again.
Call it lack of motivation or a bout of depression or a leave of absence if you will but I’m going to call it what it is – pure laziness. It doesn’t matter how I feel, I should still be writing every single day. Hell, it’s better to write in varying moods and emotions, you might unlock a stream of consciousness that leads to great writing. But I am writing again, albeit slowly and I’m trying to get back into the swing of tapping away at the keyboard every day, even if it’s just a few words.
Someone pointed me in the direction of a useful website the other day – 750words.
I know some people don’t enjoy ‘gimmicks’ such as NaNoWriMo or the above website but if it works, it works. If opening a tin of cold spaghetti and dumping it down your undercrackers gets you in the mood for prose, then go with it! If the only way you can make sure your fingers remain glued to the keyboard is to actually glue them to the keyboard then go find some PVA…quickly! 750words is as simple as it sounds; make sure you write seven-hundred and fifty words each and every day. There are certain ‘rewards’ for completing tasks such as writing for a certain number of days in a row, or writing without distraction (the site monitors the rate at which you type), and these can help spur you along in your writing. Yes, it’s all very gimmicky, but at this point I’m willing to try anything. If the guilt of seeing a little red cross on today’s date causes me to double my word count the next day then I’m all for it.
I’ll try it and see how long it lasts.
Every word counts.
Another useful post I saw this week is trying to encourage people to…wait for it…
Switch off the internet!
For a whole day!
The aim is to:
“Prove to yourself and each other that despite immense technologies, a massive saturation of information and a distressing lack of originality, you can still create something wonderfully original and then share it with the universe.”
So I’m going to give it a go, after all it can’t be that hard can it?? Says the man who falls to pieces if his smartphone battery runs out before the end of a work day. Aggh, I forgot to take my phone to the toilet with me! This is going to be the longest bathroom break EVER!
Join me, please? And don’t forget to spread the word!
I’m back, baby! (sorry, couldn’t resist)