Un/Common Writing Strategies
by- Tom Kubrak
Lets face it…
It’s too easy to do nothing. And most of the time it’s fun, but don’t let the fun fool you.
Sometimes it’s easy to do your work, but sometimes, if not all the time, the lazy-monster comes up and gets you off track. The art of beating the lazy-monster comes with understanding momentum. Later in this we’ll talk about how Newtons laws can help us understand that.
5 or 10 minutes only.
Alright you just had your 3rd glass of wine or beer. You’re about to pour another but you know you have to get some work done on that book. It’s been a rough day so you’re strongly considering taking a day off. If you take that 4th glass the chances are you’re not going to get any work done. You’re telling yourself, ‘no way I’m going to get my usual 3 hours done so might as well just make it up tomorrow. I can just stay up late tomorrow night.
Well… just stop and think about what you’re doing first! Keep the momentum going and try to just get five or ten minutes in. Don’t kill the momentum you’ve gained over the last year, two or more. This is your first really bad day, but don’t let it be your last.
Maybe you’re reading this and you don’t really connect with the wine or beer thing because you don’t drink, but I’ll be darned if you can’t compare it to something else. Maybe it’s that delicious meal you ate too much of, the ice cream in the fridge you binged on. Or spending too much time at that friends dinner-party, causing you to get home late. Something will come up that effects your writing habits. And again don’t let it be your last or don’t let it go a few weeks before getting the momentum back.
Now tell yourself this: If you’ve worked your way up to a pretty good daily writing time, remind yourself that it’s still okay to write just a few minutes in the day, but writing nothing, on a writing day, is as bad as not brushing your teeth one night.
“An object in motion tends to stay in motion.”
1st Law of Motion
This Law is crucial to understand, because when we stop our rhythm we have going for ourself, we tend to stop for a long period of time. “Tom.” You say though, “This doesn’t apply to writing and in fact it’s almost silly that you brought it up.” Well, I tend to have to respectfully disagree. If anything I think this applies almost perfectly to our writing. Especially when we start to move our fingers on that typewriter, or move our pen on that page.
Again, we know it’d be better to write for 3 hours, but those days are hard to come by, unless you’re a full-time writer. And lets face it most of us, right now at least, aren’t there yet. We plan to but we’re still working pay-check to pay-check and struggling to make ends meet.
So isn’t 5-10 minutes better than nothing?
So remember, the momentum-train is real and if you stop the train, it’s hard to start it up again.
by- Tom Kubrak