A friend sent me this piece by Ann Patchett that is inspiring but daunting. Can I commit to a daily writing practice for 32 days, starting tomorrow. And if I do, will it stick? What if I can’t sleep at 2 a.m. and so getting up early to write means I’m going to be a total mess later in the day? What if I get up early but so does my son, but not my husband?
With all these variables I shudder to think about actually trying to control, I think I will just try to work on the approach to the writing. To seriously spend 20 minutes just writing, not for a blog, not revision, and not with any audience in mind. That doesn’t mean I can’t also do other productive writing at other times in the day. I need to! But let’s try to get acquainted with the process as a meditative, intentional and undistracted act.
Happy new year!