Today is day 4 of the Slice of Life challenge at “Two Writing Teachers”.
I was up early this morning, as I usually am through the week. Each morning,I clear the car for my husband or start it to clear the frost. (The car told me it was -16C this morning – yes it speaks to me and I get tired of its messages at times.)
Once my husband went off to work at 7, I really had plans to snuggle back in bed for an extra hour of sleep. (Shush – don’t tell him!) But, instead I got pulled into that time vortex of twitter and facebook. I couldn’t believe how fast two hours went! Yes – I found some excellent articles on writing, but did I do any writing? No.
Someone mentioned a book online and so I found my copy of “Writing Down the Bones/Wild Mind” by Natalie Goldberg. For the past hour, I have been reading her book and amazed that I had not read it yet. It is full of such nuggets of writing wisdom.
In both books, she gives a list of rules for writing. Here is a combination/overlap of the two:
1.Keep your hand moving.
3. Be specific.
4. Don’t think.
5. Don’t worry about punctuation, spelling, grammar.
6. Don’t cross-out.
7. You are free to write the worst junk in America.
8. Go for the jugular.
The number one rule is one I have been avoiding lately – just write and write daily. I have been writing snippets here and there but I have definitely been procrastinating. Twitter and facebook are big time wasters lately for me. So, I must get back on track and give my writing first place. I have a number of projects waiting to be worked on.
Also entered for:
“Advice I’d Give to a Newbie Writer”
I’m linking up with Ruth Snyder’s Blog Hop for Writers. Be sure to check out what advice other writers would give to new writers.