Monday, January 3, 2011

Write Everyday (Resolution 2011)

This post is about resolutions. You've got to expect it from my first post of the new year.

I am joining Jon and Heather in their commitment to write everyday or give a dollar to charity. You can join too, just go over to their blogs and email them with a link to your post on the commitment. Start at anytime. It is never to late to write.

 So I will Write Everyday - beyond that my expectations are low. I will get up in the morning and put in 750 words and beyond that I can write all the crap that I want. The words will come out haltingly and like laundry lists of gibberish. And I am determined that I WILL KEEP WRITING THEM.

Like brushing my teeth, I will do it everyday even if I don't see immediate results.

Years ago, post-MFA, post-second baby and pre-novel I did the artists way ala Julia Cameron and the best thing that that book taught was to make writing a habit. She called them morning pages and only required 3 of them. The idea was to stay and plumb the secret depths of your mind just long and see what is in there waiting to come out. Let writing become your antenna. Like a prayer perhaps. Some people sit beside their bed with their hands folded. I do it a bit differently. I sit down on my exercise ball and type some words into the ether, using: 750 words . The guy who designed the site did Julia Cameron's artist rehabilitation as well. Then he made this website where I can go write into cyberspace. It's brilliant really. I make a mess far away from anything that resembles my manuscripts and the site keeps track for me. I can even rack up points although I am now on zero because I fell off the wagon over vacation. But oh well, no beating myself up, just put money into the charity jar. I choose St. Stephen's as the beneficiary of my laziness. My son has been serving meals there in preparation for his bar mitzvah. I will join him by putting my money into the pot - our family will take on ending homelessness with ferocity. So on the days when I can't write, I will make amends. (I'm $26 dollars in at this point - I put $25 in just to get myself started.)

As my yoga instructor said today: Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.  Actually Rumi said it first and I like it for this resolution, because you can't do wrong either way. I also like it for TPR. Come through the door at the right and check out next week's schedule.  If you can make it, there is an hour for you to meet your resolution.


  1. I like this - especially the Rum part - here's some Rumi back at ya - from
    Unmarked Boxes

    Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. The child weaned from mother's milk now drinks wine and honey mixed.

    Everyone does this in different ways.
    Knowing that conscious decisions
    and personal memory
    are much too small a place to live,
    every human being streams at night
    into the loving nowhere, or during the day,
    in some abosrbing work. Rumi

    Don't you just love him? One of my secret new year's resolutions was to visit the third blog on a favourite's blog roll. You were third on Rayna's...

  2. 750 words before breakfast? Wow! Or even after breakfast and a coffee -- still wow!

    I don't get much writing done in the morning. I'm lucky if I can comment on some blogposts without sounding like an idiot. Late at night is my time ...

    Looking forward to writing every day with you, even our writing times don't intersect!

  3. I really like your resolution. Write everyday or donate a dollar to charity.. I might have to consider doing this, I'm not going to lie.

  4. "Forcing" yourself to write everyday will stimulate your appetite and you'll feel hungrier and hungrier. (That is how I imagine it)

    Thank you Tina, and Anita for getting it (my last post). It means a lot to me. So something did happen in 1969!;)

  5. Tina, your ambitions no longer surprise me. You're one mean, word writin' machine!!!

    I cannot wait for the end of 2011. We will all be so far from where we sit right now.

  6. Jan! Nice to meet you. What a cool resolution and I can hardly believe I was so lucky to be one of the visited. Yes, I love the Rumi!!!! What a gift.

    Dianne - It constantly annoys me that I don't make it to Thursday evening TPR. But maybe I can be assuaged by the way you put it - we WILL write together everyday - just not at the same time.

    Melissa - You powered through Nano Melissa - you could totally do this!

    Ocean Girl - you have such an imaginative take on things. I think I would like to be voracious where it comes to writing. And your posts are so interesting and fun, like multi-media poetry. I love reading them. So happy you are back!

    Jon - you make me blush. Thanks for coming up with this one - I am excited to be doing this writing thing together! This will be good for us - like brushing our teeth.

  7. I commend you three with your resolution. I know I don't and won't write everyday. I write often, but just not daily. Good luck!!
    My resolution is to stick to my writing schedule though. And of course eat healthier, exercise more. The usual. :)

  8. Oh, yeah, Kelly - I didn't mention the usual new year food and exercise rehab, but I got that too!

  9. Tina--This is awesome. I can't wait to really try this site--it sounds fabulous! And I love the toothbrushing thing. :)

  10. Heather - The site is so simple and neat - I do totally love it. You were the one that introduced me and now I can't get enough. You should try too! I'm off to it now!

  11. The site sounds cool, Tina. Thanks for making me aware of it. I love that Rumi quote as well. This post is a very inspiring start to the new year. Thanks :-)

  12. Paul, hi! The Rumi quote really works well for self-forgiveness and getting beyond! This year is all about that. Glad to inspire!

  13. I think making writing a habit, for a writer, is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. It's all there, inside your head, this untapped potential just waiting to find its way onto the blank screen. Just have to keep at it. And what better way than to make a resolution and hold yourself accountable? I love it!

  14. Thanks, Carol!!! I am much better at making writing a habit than blogging. Maybe I should write a new post soon? You are sweet to stop by!

  15. I'm doing this donation thing...but I write every day, so my donation will be small...what a weird thing it'll be if I stop writing for some reason. Hmmmm...we shall see. Peace to you, blog sister!

    word verification: butedde...very similar to butt head, don't you think?

  16. haha, Anita (about the butedde - I may not have sounded that out without your input). This whole blog thing(I have left it stagnate for awhile) has got me thinking. I don't really need discipline - I got plenty of that. What I need is some chattiness. I need to be able to tell people what I want. Okay, this is just me thinking out loud here. I should actually do that in a post once in awhile.

  17. Writing every day... there's nothing better. Congrats on the goal!

  18. Hey, Robert, good to see you! I have been doing it, whether I have something good to write or not!

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