#reverb10 – day 2
December 2 Writing.
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
(Author: Leo Babauta)
I change my writing voice when I start/stop writing each day. My best writing comes when it’s straight from my train of thought and fresh in my mind. I know where I want to go, where I need to go, and the story I want to tell. If I start/stop writing, my words loose my voice. They just become an AP wire about what I wanted to say and not the heart-filled message I wanted to send out into the universe.
In order to stop, I need to give myself some uninterrupted blogging time. I need to provide 10-15 minutes where I write and that’s all I do. I don’t insert/edit photos. I’m not distracted by Twitter or e-mail. I’m just spitting out the words through the keyboard and then I can get back to all of those other things that sidetrack my thoughts.
I’m going to be better about saving a little piece of time to be in “my zone” and I think it will be beneficial to me and my blogging. Because if I’m only able to share a small portion of what I want to share, I’m sort of failing at my objective in the first place.
Other readers who are playing along: Michelle at See Michelle Blog, EmilyB at A Leap Begins, Ali at His Birdie’s Nest, Koritsimou at The Pale Wisconsinite, Kelly at Glamour This!, Katie at She Likes Ruffles, He Likes Truffles, Liz at e.louise, Nodakademic, Kasia at Good Finking, Kate at Marsh Mellow Goodness, Lydia at Nothing Rhymes with Lydia, Jenni at Moonlight & Magnolias, EP at Oh Baby!, Jen at Living a Brighter Life, Holley at Dead Flowers, Tara at Two Wishes, Marissa at marissamakes, Kinzie at KinzieSays, Nellie at Wired, Witty and Well-Dressed and Jen at A Tale of 2 Monkeys. (am I missing you??)
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YES – i totally relate. and the distraction can be the smallest thing, but it’s completely derailing.
thanks for the lovely post – looking forward to a month of reverberations … and GO SAC! :)
Ali @ His Birdie's Nest
I realize that if I took a 10-14 min chunk out to just blog I would write a post much faster w/o the distractions of Facebook, Twitter, Weddingbee etc. I’m going to try an do the same :)
Nice! Yes, if you can set aside some time to not be distracted, it makes things much easier and you can get the blogging over and done with.
I said something very similar about my “distraction” with writing. Justin and I set up a nice desk/office-ish area in our loft, and I really want to make an effort to GO UP THERE and sit in silence and write…I know I could produce more (and better) writing when I do so!
This is really interesting because sometimes I have to take breaks when I write. Writing a few sentences, stopping and thinking, writing again…I feel like that is the only way I can write and produce something worth a darn. Of course, I guess I’ve never actually tried just sitting for 10-15 minutes and forcing myself to write non-stop. Maybe I’ll try that this weekend when I actually *have* that time!
Not 100% related to your post, but I was thinking recently how I’d like to know more about my blogfriends’ lives (one of the reasons I’m so happy about #reverb10), and you came to mind as a sterling example of a blogger who manages to inject yourself elegantly into everyday posts. Compared to many other “bit of everything” bloggers, I feel I know more about your likes and dislikes and a bit of your history — you just have a way of injecting one or two sentences that convey something memorable about you.
And thanks for carrying the torch on keeping our little community of #reverb10 bloggers linked together. I love following everybody’s posts!
Can I just say how absolutely blown away I was by the sweetness of this comment! I really truly appreciate it… because I know that just by virtue of my name being my website, that I’d like to share me with those who care to read my words. It really means a bunch to me. :)