Today’s Tuesday Tip is about writing practice.
Yes, writing practice.
We expect athletes and musicians to have to practice. Why would it be any different for writers? True, we think that anyone can write, so there’s really nothing to it, right?
There are differing schools of thought on this. Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, advocates writing morning pages, 3 pages of stream-of-consciousness writing first thing in the morning. Twyla Tharp, author of The Creative Habit, also encourages the use of morning writing.
Crescent Dragonwagon, during a recent Fearless Writing workshop in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, emphasized the importance of writing practice in a way that makes more sense to me.
When you get your notebook out, take the time to do the setting. This proves that you showed up.
For example, mine from last night looks like this:
Monday, 1-7-13, Mom & Dad’s kitchen table, 10:38 PM, day 38
Now you’re ready to start your practice, whether it’s stream of consciousness writing or making lists or just saying, like I did for two days, “I’m sick.”
When you’re accustomed to showing up, the practice will flow better and make more sense to you as you work through it.