Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My first day without books or TV

Day 1 of 60

Well, I'm 40 minutes away from achieving my daily writing goal! This being the first day back to school for the kids, I had a lot of errands to run, but I followed all of my new rules. The hardest part was lunch. I ate here at the house by myself and I usually watch Miss Marple or Midsommer Murders while I eat. (Can't watch zombie movies while I eat!) So today I listened to music and wrote a letter.

I already feel different. My mind is clear and focused on my current WIP (work in progress for my non-writer friends and followers). It wasn't hard to avoid the television or even the news. I'll admit that I saw a freebie excerpt and had to stop myself from reading it. I even felt a little bit guilty for passing it up. In the future, I think I'll just print them or save them to a file on my desktop. Precious gems for my future reward. :)

My biggest challenge comes tonight. I always, always, always read before bed. I read even if we are coming home from a late night party and dawn is tickling the window. I read on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and every other 'eve'. It's my usual way of disconnecting from the day. It's a balm on frayed nerves, a distraction from the next day's stresses and stressors. Thankfully I am allowed to read my own words so I think I will read over something I wrote years ago. See if it has any value. I still have to clear away the pile of books on my nightstand. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow morning....hopefully I'll be able to sleep without my book babies!


  1. reading your own work sounds great. Guess you can't allow yourself to read about writing too?

    1. No, but I think I've read everything ever written about writing! lol. I like the idea of reading my own work because I think I tend to throw stuff on the page and then I'm almost afraid to really look at it and own it...I don't think I'm alone in this because so many writers hate or fear revision. It's a lot of work but it's also a little like looking into an extremely well lit mirror! Even after one day, I feel more connected to my WIP, so I'm very curious to see how I feel after a few weeks!


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