Ten Minutes: A Commitment

Just Jot January, a blogging event I recently came across.

The Coffee Break Screenwriter: Writing Your Script Ten Minutes at a Time, the title of the book my mom got me for Christmas.

I’m thinking these are signs, that I’m supposed to try to get something down every day, no matter how hectic things get, no matter how stressed I might feel on some days.Ten Minutes

I’m thinking ten minutes of daily writing will be good for me, especially when I feel stretched too thin, like I’ve already booked 1600 minutes of the 1440 in a day.

Am I writing a screenplay? No. I’m not sure what a screenplay is.

Do I have a story to tell? Yes.

Do I assume they’re probably very similar and that reading this book and doing the ten-minute writing exercises will apply to the writing of my story? Yes.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t looked closely at this book yet. I have no idea if I can get beyond the first few pages. If it doesn’t apply to what I’m hoping to write then I’ll abandon the project. Or, I may decide that my story is not worthy of being written. Or, that I do not have the time, skill, or commitment necessary to make it happen. These are things that I need to figure out anyway.

Time will tell. For now, just ten minutes a day. One day at a time.

New Month Resolutions

Blogging every day in October turned out to be a major light bulb for me–

SETTING A GOAL AND COMMITTING TO IT FOR ONE MONTH IS PRETTY DANG DOABLE!

I stuck with it because a distinct end was in sight and I knew I could survive the short length of time before I was able to return to tending the neglected areas of my life.

And I didn’t realize this yesterday, on the last day of October, and it didn’t hit me until I woke up today and it was the first day of a brand new month, but every month is the perfect reason to try something new, to set a goal and stick with it.

So here it is November 1st and the calendar is screaming at me, “Opportunity!” I know I hinted that I would clean and cook during this month, since these two things went by the wayside during October, but you didn’t really believe that nonsense, did you? Me neither.

I have some better ideas. I am calling these my November Resolutions and I’m already thinking the heck with New Year’s Resolutions, from now on I’m going strictly with New Month Resolutions.

November Resolution #1 – NaNoWriMonanowrimo

Shortly after I posted my last NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) post, I signed up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I knew nothing, really, about NaNoWriMo. Something came through my inbox about it yesterday and I started reading. The goal, as I understand it, is to pound out 50,000 words–the length of a short novel–during the month of November. I am not writing a novel, but I did start a memoir last summer that I figure I can continue working on for this. I doubt I’ll add another 50,000 words to it by the end of the month, but this I do know–if signing up results in me adding another 1,000 or 10,000 or 25,000 words, then the NaNoWriMo will have served its purpose of motivating me and giving me the confidence to move forward with the memoir. Also, I believe the rationale behind NaNoWriMo is to get as much down as possible, as fast as you can, and then go back and tweak words and perfect sentences and all that later on. This is exactly the encouragement I need. I tend to want to get things as good as I can as I’m going and that really doesn’t make sense with a full length book because some of the original content could be cut anyway.

November Resolution #2 – The Racquetball Tally

My friend and I have played racquetball two or three times a week for about three years now. We have a ton of fun with it, mostly because we are so well matched. He wins about half of the games and so do I. This morning when I went to the gym, right after the whole first day of a brand new month hit me, I told him we should keep a tally this month of how many games we’re winning against each other. I don’t recall him agreeing to it, per se, but… it’s happening! We both played harder than usual, I do know that.

Psst. Just for the record, which I will periodically post, I am ahead three games to one.

November Resolution #3 – My Fitness Pal and The Seven Minute Workout

I need to lose those few pounds I gained while sitting on my butt writing all of October. So, in addition to my regular exercise, I am going to monitor my calorie intake with the My Fitness Pal app and try to do the Seven Minute Workout app daily. The latter works on body parts that running and swimming and racquetball don’t.

There they are, my November resolutions. I’m putting them out there. And even though I realize that probably not many of you would have noticed or cared had I not posted something on my blog every single day in October, and therefore you won’t be keeping track of whether I stick with these new resolutions, the fact that I announced the post-a-day kept me motivated and held me accountable, just as, hopefully, this will during all of November.

Now, what are you planning on doing with your November?

Daily Blogging – What I’ve Learned

After a few months of blogging and getting the hang of it and becoming involved in the community and thoroughly enjoying it all, I committed to posting something every day for the entire month of October.

It wasn’t just that I was digging the process of writing so much, it’s that my student teacher was in the thick of his nine weeks of total teaching, and I needed a project to focus on to keep myself from going crazy. To go from lesson planning and creating materials and delivering instruction eight hours a day to just sitting and observing and providing feedback is a big change. I needed a distraction.

So, anyway, here it is October 31st and I am happy to say that I did, indeed, post every day. This post is about what I learned as I went along.

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NaBloPoMo

There’s plenty of advice out there on how to say no. You’re too busy, too stressed, not interested, don’t care, so you should just do it–just say no.NaBloPoMo

But my advice is this: sometimes, you just have to say yes. Just agree to something without thinking about it, or at least just think about only the positives. Don’t consider how sorry you’re going to be, how the act of committing to something you’re really into and enjoy mightily at the moment might backfire and have you completely sick and tired of it all when the commitment ends. Nope, don’t think; just click yes.

And that is what I did. I stumbled upon this—NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month)—and pledged to post something every day for the entire month of October. I didn’t think about it for the day, didn’t sleep on it, didn’t really think at all, that is, not until now, until I started to write this, just to make sure I’d have something ready for day one on October 1st.

Sounds fun, doesn’t it, posting something every single day for 31 days straight? Yah, I’ll get back to you on that on the 31st.

Readers, I thank you in advance for putting up with me. I really do appreciate you.

Post a Day

To join, or to see who else is participating, click here:   http://www.blogher.com/nablopomo-october-2013-blogroll?from=bhspinner

or here:  http://dailypost.wordpress.com/postaday/

 

Community – Who Knew?

Community. What a concept. Whether school, work, family, online, or a sports team, it feeds us and we feed it. Synergy.

I started blogging just a few months ago. I knew nothing about blogging. All I knew was that I enjoyed writing and I needed a platform. I established my blog on www.wordpress.com/ hoping it would urge me to write on a more regular basis. I had never read anyone’s blog—who has time for that?—let alone write posts for one. If there was a blogging culture, expectations, etiquette, I was oblivious. More