Below is a sample of what Practice as Practice looks like:
Dear Writer or Would-Be Writer,
Begin each writing practice with your Setting.
Setting is the following: Day of the week, full date, time of day, and where specifically in physical space you are. Last comes your Practice Day number (clarified below and over the next four days, and very important).
For example, let us say you are at a hotel in Kansas City and it’s your first day of writing. Your setting might be:
Monday, February 2, 2018, 8:43 a.m. Crowne Plaza Kansas City, room 509, sitting at desk. Day 1.
Your practice today is very simple: it’s a technique called freewriting, in one variant popularized by Julia Cameron as Morning Pages in her book The Artist’s Way.
Here’s how to do it.
- Set a timer, such as the one on your phone, for five minutes. (If you don’t have a timer, look at a clock.)
For the next five minutes, your sole goal is to keep writing no matter what. Write fast, as much as you can. Writing well is not the goal. Making sense is not the goal. Keep the pen flying over the page, or, if writing on a laptop, fingers flying over the keyboard. If you want to just write the word “dandelion” over and over, fine. If you want to write, “This is stupid and pointless, I can’t write, this isn’t real writing,” and so on over and over, also fine.
Just keep doing it.
When the five minutes are up, you are, for today, a writer.
P.S. Thinking about doing a practice or particular exercise doesn’t count. You have to actually do it. If you’d like to receive the 21 day series in your inbox, sign up below!