How I Write: A Day in the Life Sunday

A colleague recently asked about my writing process. At first I thought she was getting in a little bit of a dig since my writing has been less than prolific lately, but she wasn't. She really wanted to know how I wrote.

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So, here it goes for her, for you . . . . and mostly as a kick starter for me.  

Sit down

I usually do this in a chair or on the couch but a quiet spot in the grass or the kid's bean bag chair have worked too. Where I sit is not as important as the fact that I've stopped moving, working, wandering or pacing and am actually still. First thing in the morning when the world - and family - is asleep is prime time for me.

Prepare to Write

If I am capturing ideas, I open my Moleskine and grab a pen, pencil or a colored Sharpie. I've had multiple Moleskines active at once: personal stories in one, professional posts and articles in another and presentation outlines in a third. If I am preparing a post or an article with those ideas, I get my fingers on a PC keyboard in the ready position.

Start writing

Hands readied, I start writing. I capture phrases, comments, vents, rants, thoughts, ideas, and snippets of wisdom. I capture what ever comes to mind as quickly as I can and hope that, if I am hand writing, I can read it in when it's done.The still point of writing for me is capturing free-flowing unedited thoughts while observing how easily they connect if I stay out of their way.

Sit down, prepare to write and start writing: that's really all there is to it. 

Except for this.  

Trust yourself and the process. The first few pages of any writing is an unconnected, unrelated bunch of messy ideas and if you stick with it and don't judge, something intelligible will evolve. It may be very different than what you thought you were sitting down to write about and that's ok because, it's organic, it's yours and it's better.

Now, what did I do with my Moleskine?



Health, Exercise and Milestone Birthdays: A Day in the Life Sunday

Tips, tricks and carrots-on-a-stick may work for short-term goals but when it comes to motivation for health, exercise and lifestyle changes, these techniques fail for me every time. 



I am a reluctant exerciser. I exercise in starts and stops. After a 2-1/2 year start, one thing lead to another and my latest stop was in August. I have not exercised since August. Sure, there were a few cursory visits to the gym but nothing that amounted to anything other than a weak attempt at easing my woes. 

On Tuesday, this will change. I have 2 more days to hang out with my excuses, regrets and over-40 hips before I take that first step back into the gym. I am dreading(and scared by) the hard work it's going to take to get back into shape. Add that to the impact of a low MPH on the treadmill and having to reach for the pink weights on my psyche and, well, this is NOT going to be fun at all. 

Where the promise of new exercise clothes, a spa-day or getting to shop for new clothes has failed to get my butt into the gym, the arrival of Tuesday, February 12, 2013 changed the game.

February 12 is T-6 months to a very significant birthday. For the record, I plan to bust, rather than stroll, right through this one.

Here goes nothing.