Monday, May 22, 2006

Daily Writing

I'm curious to know how many people write daily? When do you write? Do you have a special time or place? What is it about writing that keeps you writing? I wonder if you feel like I do on days when I don't write; out of sorts.

Every morning I try to write three pages after my children leave for school. I started this practice in January when I participated in an online Artist Way Group. I found it such a rewarding experience I have kept at it ever since. I keep other journals too but writing in them is more a hit or miss operation for me. The morning pages are like making my bed. If I don't do it, I feel guilty and unkempt, warbly and off balance.

I also have another blog that I publish daily. That blog is a challenge because it has a forty three word limit and some times that is impossible for me to do, but I do it. Partly because I have a huge need to follow the rules but also because I have learned to eliminate unnecessary words in my writing. Amazing a wordy person like me cutting out "the", "and","she" like a skilled hair stylist with a pair of scissors.


Otter said...

Interesting question... I've always found when writers openly wondering what or how the 'creative process' works as being a bit odd, probably because my profession isn't a writer. I've always been able to sit down and say something... though usually it isn't anything that interesting or something that I'm that passionate about.

I end up writing when things come to me, usually by reading. Reading usually triggers something to for me to write about. I don't think I've ever set out time to 'write' because I'm not sure I could do something like that. Call it a lack of discipline.

I prefer to writing private with music… other than that… I could careless.

All this said, I don’t write nearly as much as I’d like to.

Endment said...

i have been writing for years - actually can't remember when i began. much of the writing is just for my own edification :=) things that come to mind, sometimes what is happening like a journal - the notebooks are filled with thoughts and ideas which often grow and eventually may bloom and have fruit.

Kara said...

I'm still writing the morning pages though they aren't always 3 pages long now.
I don't have a set writing time as I tend to just write when I have the itch to do so. However after doing my daily lumps I do see a value in having some discipline and showing up - so I may eventually extend a goal to writing on a regular basis.
I'm in awe of your other blog - I don't think I could do an entry like that every day - it's not easy - but the results are fun to read.

harmonyinline said...

A day without writing seems like a day. Not quite lived to me. It seems strange to me that I used to go weeks without writing.

pepektheassassin said...

Otter, I have been writing for years, and sometimes hear other writers say that reading triggers something in them. I keep the books I really love close around me, and when I hit a dry spell, I read! Any book, any page! It goes in like gas, and starts my engine.

I like writing to music, too, and would write more if I were more disciplined.

Cate said...

Great question!

I've not done any writing in ages, aside from the blog writing--it's weighing on me. I'm hoping to buckle down in the next few days. Sometimes I think that these little respites are necessary--then, hopefully, the words burst forth!

Hope you are doing well and the porch is nearly complete! xo

GreenishLady said...

Ah. A few weeks ago, I could have replied with a very virtuous-sounding list of daily writing practices, but over the past few weeks while I've been travelling, my writing gradually went down, down, down, from daily morning-pages, my 48x365 entries, occasional "bits and pieces" and nightly lists of 10 things for which I am grateful to only the gratitude list. It wasn't pressure of time (I was on holiday. My time was my own). I think it was an instinctive urge to simply let my writing ground lie fallow for a while, as I just existed, and took in new sights, sounds and experiences. I hope that is what it was! The next few days or weeks will tell. It's good to be back, and to see old friends still here in Blogland.

silverlight said...

It's ok. All writers run dry occaisionally. That's why writing anything, even gibberish, keeps one on track.

Cullen said...

helo from florida! your two kids want to go fishing. I do not want to go fishing i don't have a boat and i don't have a pole and i don't have any bait. Too bad. oh well, I guess i'll just read a book about fishing from bass kid & libby lou. hope to see jenny & dash soon from mylo the wonder dog. I have an idea. Why does't cullen try to fish from the pool and catch gummy worms & swedish fish. we like those the best. grandma's cooking is soooooo.... good. we love casseroles especially tuna. mylo likes chicken the best. please send food. have fun in the hot tub No noise or splashing or loud music. It's a time to relax. hope you feel better see you soon.