Slice 2013 4 of 31: It’s Monday! What Am I Doing?

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I’ve made it to day 4! But that was mostly over the weekend. Today the real challenge begins. Will I be able to keep up daily blogging during the week? I came up with a tentative plan to help me accomplish this. Monday shouldn’t be too difficult, since I’m always reading at least one book that I can share for It’s Monday! What are You Reading? (And it can be written over the weekend!) The same is true for Poetry Friday. It’s the middle of the week that worries me. There’s plenty going on at school and really that’s point of all this, isn’t it? Turning the stuff of daily life into   something worth sharing. The trouble is, it usually takes me a couple of hours to write a post. I’m not sure I can find that kind of time during the  week. Fortunately, like many of you, I have stacks of notebooks filled with musings from the past 30 years. Hopefully, some of these can be spruced up and shared.

So what happened today? It’s now 8:30 and we’ve just finished dinner. I did start today’s post last night, but it wasn’t coming together. My straight-forward description of the book I was reading yesterday led me down another path; into a thicket, really. I soon realized I had at least 3 different ideas tangled up together. It was also clear that I needed to do a little research to support some of the points I wanted to make. At 11:30, I decided to go to bed, hoping that I’d be able to prune the mess I’d made into something sensible in the morning.

No such luck. As Robert Burns said, “the best laid schemes of mice and men…” Over the next few days, I’ll sort out the different posts in last night’s draft, do the research needed, and polish them so they make sense to me and anyone who happens to read them. In the meantime, thank you again to Stacey and Ruth at Two Writing Teachers for providing this forum. I really am having fun!

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10 thoughts on “Slice 2013 4 of 31: It’s Monday! What Am I Doing?

  1. I totally understand your apprehension around time. I decided that I would get up at 5:30 and write for 45 minutes to 1 hour. My goal is not perfection–it is to post. If I get 400-600 words around a small slice–I have accomplished my goal. I am so grateful for this challenge as it is helping me to prioritize MY writing and also not force perfection. Thank you for today’s post. And it is really fun!

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  2. You make me think about how hard writing can be, blogging in particular. Aren’t we conditioned to save the publishing until we go through the writing process? With blogging, I try to put the piece unpolished on the Internet. Then, I reread, revise, reread, revise, reread, edit…and still knowing it’s not good enough, I publish. Thanks for sharing your process–I relate.

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  3. I’m with you! Saturday was really fun because I got to spend my day reading posts and comments, but Monday is a different story. It seems I’m much busier on Monday and my time is under demand from lots of nine-year-olds. Need to squeeze a twenty-fifth hour in the day somewhere.

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  4. I also struggled with writing on Monday, but I know that I just have to do it. Make a point to write something. I find what helps me is keeping my mind open to possibilities during the day for slice ideas. If nothing strikes me, I mine my notebook. Good luck on the rest of this challenge! We’re all here to support you!
    ~Jennifer

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