Monday, March 1, 2010

Day 44: 3600 seconds

3600 seconds, that's all I'm asking of myself.

For those of you who have recently found my blog, you might be wondering: what of this play she's supposed to be writing?  She hasn't said hardly a thing about it.  I'm starting to wonder the same thing.

My time (and desires) are pulled in many directions, and it's very easy to end up so busy with other things (including writing this blog) that I don't end up getting any writing done on my actual play.  I have a myriad of incredibly valid excuses, but in the end they are still that -- excuses.

As I once again looked at my week and felt an utter sense of panic at the lack of time to write, I decided to approach this in a different way.  I am committing myself to writing for one hour (minimum) each day.  I will set my kitchen timer for an hour, and just write, whatever comes out.  No second guessing, no filtering, just write.

I begin as soon as I finish this post, with the complete support of my best-boyfriend-ever who is sitting beside me and doing his own music work, even though we haven't seen each other in several days.  I will let you know tomorrow what I discover.


  1. Hey Natalie,

    I also found your blog via Gretchen Rubin. Nice to read! After reading your day 41, I was wondering: Are you a perfectionist? This is what holds me from starting to study (I'm a musician too): It's never finished and you know you'll never be satisfied anyway. So it't easier to do al this other stuff that's maybe less important,but easier to complete: financial administration, household things, answering e-mails etc. etc. Speaking for myself, I think I should lower my expectations and just start to do something, no matter the outcome. Kind of the same you say today...
    Good luck!

  2. That's the biggest secret, Nat, writers actually write.

    I'm not the most disciplined, even after 35 years of writing, but I've really learned to get SOMETHING down on "paper". Make writing become a HABIT, not an occasional indulgence.

    Keep on keepin' on, sweetie!