Wednesday, August 27, 2014
How to get a writing streak going
This streak of mine has completely transformed my writing life. Prior to the streak, I didn’t believe I had the time to write regularly. I produced one or two fiction stories a year and thought that was the best I could do.
But something didn’t sit right. So last year I decided to challenge all of my preconceived notions of what I required to write every day. I wanted to challenge the notion that I needed large uninterrupted blocks of quiet time in a crusty office somewhere. Real life gets in the way sometimes, like squeezing in my craft with a full-time day job, and two young children.
It turns out, with some willpower, I learned that if I had 20 minutes, I could write 500 words. I learned to write surrounded by the sounds of the kids playing, and the television blaring in the background. While I didn’t set out to form a routine, I eventually established one which has led to my most prolific year as a writer yet.
(Jamie Todd Ruben at 99U)
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Jamie Todd Ruben
Teacher as writer
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