Monday, August 5, 2013

New Writing Rule!

I’m back from vacation and I’m ready to kick some major butt – my own! It’s time for some discipline in the Hall writing regime and I’ve taken up the challenge.

First, I have learned that if I let myself check email, Twitter or Facebook BEFORE I write, I’m dead in the water. So, I implemented my new writing rule today: No Social Media or email until I’ve written at least one page. Simple enough rule, but my habits kicked this morning and I almost slipped up. I caught myself in time and wrote a blog post before I hit the internet.

Actually, it felt very good to get a start at writing this morning – first thing. I had accomplished one goal right out of the gate. Also, it’s a nice way to wake up and I believe my mind is more open and ideas flow more easily before the world has had a chance to grab my attention.

So, I’m sticking to it. Tonight, I’m outlining (not really, jotting notes is more like it) some chapters I plan to attack at dawn (in the interest of full disclosure, my dawn is probably much later in the morning than your dawn). I’m still re-reading The War of Art, a life-saver if ever there was one, and the author’s urging towards discipline is my current inspiration – one step at a time.

Good luck, writing comrades, in knocking down the barriers.

PS - the picture above has no relevance to anything. It is simply me showing off a beautiful shot I got while on vacation!


  1. You are so right, Kathy. I've falling into the trap of not starting my writing first thing! I go and check the social media and 2 hours later I wonder what happen to the time. Best of luck with what it's really all about. I'll be waiting to see what you produce!

    1. Ooooh, Dannie! Good stuff has been brewing up there. I'm starting to crank out like I haven't for a long time. Feels so good.

  2. Routine is very important. I get up every morning at 7 and exercise. Then I start writing. Some days I don't open my e-mail or social networks. I confess, my wife checks the e-mail and alerts me to anything that needs attention from me.
    Richard Alan