300//\\365//\\300 (#15)

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Nothing To Say

There are a lot of people who subscribe to the notion that a writer must work on his or her craft every day. That one must sit down religiously to write on a daily basis in order to improve.

I’m not one of those people.

I do think it’s important that there always be room in your day to write, though. You never know when– through ritual, spontaneous inspiration, or lengthy contemplation– you might discover that you have something to say. For me that time happens in the early morning.

I don’t think it’s important to write for the sake of the writing itself should you not feel inspired. Why? Why bother working on something that doesn’t move you? It’s certainly not going to move your reader– of that you can be sure.

When you force yourself to write in the absence of inspiration you’re left with a bunch of words strung together, hanging in the air like a skeleton in an old school doctors office.

You know what that skeleton is when you see it– it’s the structure of a person– but there’s no flesh, no heart, no soul. You don’t think person, you think skeleton.

Write for the sake of writing, and not for the sake of honoring your moment of inspiration and you’re wasting time– both yours and that of your reader.

You end up writing something like this.

I give myself the opportunity to write every day, but it doesn’t mean I have to write every day if I’m not feeling it.

I wasn’t feeling it when I started this post, and I’m not feeling it now. I’d venture to say that you can probably tell.

Ritualize the time, not the act.

(sorry for wasting your time to prove a point)

time: 8:42 am
date: Thursday, May 8th
place: home, New Braunfels, TX
words: 298

300//\\365//\\300 is a writing exercise– 300 entries over 365 days, each no longer than 300 words (I’m not so hot at sticking to the last part).

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