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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Homework: Write Away Seminar: Just Musing

Homework: Choose any of the assignments that apply, or design an exercise that will inspire your muse.
Written Work: List ten things that get in the way of your writing. (My life is boring; my mom would be shocked; I don't know where to start; I don't have time, I have seven kids.) Go back and write a sentence about how to deal with each issue. Idea: "I have seven kids. I'll sit down with them during homework time and write a paragraph using their spelling words." "My mom would be shocked. I'll write my love story as if it happened to someone else." Now, use your ten sentences to write a mission statement called "I'm Going to Write, and Here's How."
Go for it—Write Away!

Ten Things That Get In The Way Of My Writing:

1. I have small children at home
~ so does designmom. And dooce.
2. I don’t know what to write about
~ I do have thoughts – write those down
3. I worry about not getting it right
~ this extends beyond writing. Pretend no one will read. (*idea for vinyl sticker on wall: blog like no one is reading.)
4. I compare myself to other writers
~ so take a break from reading others
5. I feel that I can’t be completely honest (on my blog) because of my audience
~ this is something to give up: readers have responsibilities, too.
6. I have a short attention sp – Hey! Something shiny!
~ This one time . . .
7. I rationalize that conditions have to be perfect (nothing good on TV) in order for me to sit down and get it done
~ conditions are never perfect. I have plenty of things on DVR.
8. I feel stale – I have to have more practice in order to write Something Good
~ that’s why we write, dummy.
9. Why would anyone care what I’ve got to say?
~ that’s not why we write, dummy.
I can think of a trillion other things to do.
~ aaaaand?

I’m going to write, and here’s how:

Okay, you know what? I’ve been working on this assignment since Monday. I think that’s saying something. I’m posting it.

What is this? Why, it's homework!
You can get in on the fun, too!


Travelin'Oma said...

I love your list!

Natalie said...

Blog like no one is reading, comment like no one is counting! Or... something.