Writering: Today

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Because it’s today, a day that ends in the letter ‘Y’ and because it’s a day that has 24 hours in it, some of which are hours are not assigned to anything in particular, it’s possible to use some of that time for writering. Today.

What will you do today for this writering, to feed your writer self?

First: prepare the field, open and sharpen your observation superpowers. This is something to do all the time. To be honest, it will drive your people mad, but such is the price of loving, living or sleeping with someone who does writering. But I digress.

Preparation is a key skill in the writering profession: get out in the world and observe, pay attention, eavesdrop, listen. If you carry a pen and paper, write things down.  You might never use what you write down. But you have written it out and it will inform something that you write, one day if not today.

Second: read, read and read more. Did I say read? Yes, read. Read stuff you like and stuff you don’t like. Read to see what works and what doesn’t for you. Read to see what appeals to you, what doesn’t and spend time figuring out why.

Third: research topics and people of interest to you. With a totally open mind. Try to tell your bias and opinion to lay low while you research unless you want to specialize in opinionated rants that is not informed by the facts or the truth or any current data. Lots of people are making money that way these days.

Now the ideal is to get out and listen and read and talk to people, or go for a walk or work out or meditate, or listen to music or be silent. Prepare in as many ways as you can, as often as you can. Think of writering as a form of meditative breathing: data and information in, story, perspective and aha! moments out.

Fourth: Let all that stuff stew and stir in your head a while, as you do something entirely unrelated, like work or walk the dogs, or play with the kids, or play a video game or watch TV.

Fifth: Stake out your space, your writering territory. Get your behind in a chair and write. For 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes. This is the thing that you can do now, today.

If you count yourself a writer the only way to be a writer is to start writering. Today.

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About FS

Toronto, Canada. Writing about slices of life, the moments and minor details of which come into awareness or out of imagination and the spaces inbetween.
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