Heather Kelly says:
What can I say about Tina’s Practice Room?
Only that Tina and her Practice Room idea changed writing for me. And I’m never going back.
It’s hard to find the time to write when writing isn’t your full time job. A moment here, a moment there--writing in the corners of the day.
One winter, I stopped writing almost completely. I lost all my forward momentum. I thought about writing, I talked about writing, I blogged about not writing. Each day away from writing made it harder to come back.
Tina stopped by my blog and asked if there was anything she could do. And then she suggested a Practice Room. Not in the form it is now, but the idea of it. She and I would write each morning, and then chat about our writing. It was strict. If I wanted to chat with Tina, I had to write. And write, I did.
It is similar to walking or jogging with a friend--it’s so much easier to do it together. Tina and her idea got me over a spectacular writing hump, and taught me something even more important. That no matter how difficult a scene, or a book, or a chapter, if you sit and write for an hour, you will get somewhere with it. You will be in a different place than you were an hour before--a better place. The Practice Room is my cure for any writing related ailment.
What can you accomplish if you dedicate one hour a day to it? A novel?
Jon Arntson says:
Many times throughout the day, I feel like a plastic bag drifting through the wind. I cannot latch onto one task, and most are left undone. In the spring of 2010, Tina started the practice room. The idea was awesome, but it scared me a little. All of a sudden, I had to add accountability into the equation. Well, it turns out that TPR has become on of the best tools for me as a writer and a student. Heck, I have even used a few of the hour long unplugs to clean my room. I suppose some purists would find this odd, but TPR is about YOU, not anyone else.
Dianne Salerni says:
I have found attending TPR and unplugging for an hour useful in promoting focus, fluency, and productivity by giving me a dedicated writing time as many times per week as I am available to attend. This time is respected by me and also by my family, enabling me to accomplish a lot more than I can by writing piecemeal, in between other activities, during the day. The first time I tried it, I was surprised by how much I got done in that one hour, compared to all the time I'd spent dithering with my writing the rest of the day. Then, as I started attending more regularly, I found myself "saving up my ideas" for TPR, so that I could apply them more effectively in my writing.
Marisa Hopkins says:
I am always inspired to come back because of the people. I love the people! Being able to write for an hour and then chat with other writers, who have all become friends over the months, is one of the best parts of my day, and is officially my favorite part of being a writer. It's a solitary life, but TPR keeps me from feeling alone!
Kelly Polark says:
I love TPR. I have found it very useful. I think it holds me accountable. If I know I am going to attend, I make sure I am writing (most of the time) and some weeks the only time I have written is in the TPR time. I also enjoy the support, encouragement and friendship at the end of the chat. I like that we chat about writing plus other stuff too.
Kate Scott says:
TPR helped remind me to write and put my head into my WIP. It was also a lot of fun chatting with the TPR regulars. Simply reading peoples blogs, I never actually think I know the writers. I filter myself on my blog, and expect other people to do the same. But connecting with people in TPR makes these other people that I've never met feel more like friends.
Dena Daw says: