The Antidote to Wannabe’s Apathy and Laze
This is pure serendipity. Dale is caught in ISP hell so I’m allowed back in from my sabbatical to share something quickly with you on the back of Chris’s fantastic post yesterday about how to kick writer’s laze.
While I was lying in the bath last night trolling through the most current tweets I came across one from Elizabeth Craig linking to Sterling Editing. This was how I learnt all about Laurie Halse Anderson’s writing campaign for August – Write Fifteen Minutes A Day (WFMAD). It’s all about writing reguarly. No ifs. Not buts.
The rules are simple: Write for fifteen minutes a day, every day in August. No minimum word counts. No sign ups. Just 15 minutes every day. Anderson says its about going “deeper into yourself”.
Why should we bother? After all its is just 15 minutes. Kelley, from Sterling Editing writes:
Writing does not have to be a precious and sacred ritual. It can be a daily task, like washing the dishes (there are times when washing the dishes is more fun — that’s life). The point is, that sometimes we get ourselves believing that we don’t have “enough time” to write; and the result is that we spend no time at all, for weeks or months or years, in writing. No one ever finishes a book by not writing. No one ever learns to be a better writer by sitting around thinking about it. Never.
So… turn off the TV. Turn off the internet. Hide your phone. Start a new routine.
Find a comfortable place to write and set a timer for fifteen minutes. It doesn’t matter what you write, though Anderson does suggest blog writing should not be included in WFMAD. If you’re stuck for ideas Anderson gives you permission to write: “I don’t know what to write and LHA is crazy”. She’s also been gracious enough to provide prompts for all 31 days of August.
Yes, we’re already a few days into August but it doesn’t matter. Our Writer’s Laze doesn’t know, does it? Good bye Laze. Ciao Apathy. Hello Writing.
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