No mind for intro lines today.
Unedited First Draft on top.
Writing Reflection on the bottom.
Even tired moms can write.
— UNEDITED FIRST DRAFT —
My mommy duties drained me today but something inside me won’t quit this challenge. It’s 5:30 PM, I haven’t started dinner, the kitchen is a mess, and I’m tired. But some magic force has dragged my butt to the couch and said,
“Write. The kids are fine. Just write.”
But I didn’t want to write because I had nothing to say. So all I could do was write someone else’s words.
When I grow up, I want to write like Anne Lamott. She’s one of my favorites and her book, Bird by Bird, is one of my favorites too. If you want to grow up to be a writer just like me, read this book.
I copied her words from page 56,
“This is how it works for me: I sit down in the morning and reread the work I did the day before. And then I wool-gather, staring at the blank page or off into space. I imagine my characters, and let myself daydream about them. A movie begins to play in my head, with emotion pulsing underneath it, and I stare at it in a trance-like state until words bounce around together and form a sentence.”
Word for word, pen to paper, I copied each work in my notebook.
Although my brain was mush and in default survival mode, I was surprised to catch myself censoring her beautifully written piece. My mind wanted to add commas in all the wrong places and it started to panic when the sentences got long, as my hand wasn’t used to writing long sentences.
“Since when have I worried about long sentences? When did that start feeling wierd?”
Although I only had ten minutes to write, I learned a lot during this short session. My writing needs work, but I often don’t know how to fix it. Today’s recopy excercise taught me I need to challenge my default writing habits, and take more chances with my writing.
I certainly play it safe when I write. I tend to compose the same sentence with the same rhythmn, probably because I’ve only ever practiced one rhythmn.
I love Anne’s work because it reads clearly. My mind easy gobbles up, word after word, without ever having to go back, or re-read, and I’m thouroughly entertained (and informed) along the way. (See, now I’m conscious of that last sentence feeling long)
Recopy practice: one of my new favorite things.
— WRITING REFLECTION —
Still tired and out of time, but here’s what bothered me about my writing in this post.
Example 1: I tend to use a lot of words to finally get to my point.
Example 2: I use unessesary words.
In Ex 1, I’m having an unecessarily long winded conversation with you.
In Ex 2, I’m telling you all that’s necessary.
“Too many words” is the weakest parts of my writing (I know that’s what causes the bad grammar: too many words to tie together). I’m so affraid of lacking personality that I try too hard to sound like we’re talking. My fear of not being helpful (or good enough) is so strong that it makes my writing suck.
I need to work on this. Recopy pracitces should be added to my daily routine.
Writing. (Sorry, I just had to repeat the word “writing” for the 100th time)
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