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Well, I'm creating the written variety.
Since Jan. 2, I've been getting up early, walking down the hall and sitting at my desk. How is this different than my Jan. 1 routine? I'm not reading news sites, commenting on blogs or checking the weather — out the window or on an app. I'm putting "butt in chair," opening a Word file and writing.
One of my 2012 goals is to write five pages a day, five days a week.
I won't bore you with the details every week, but for my first week — it worked! I have 25 pages or around 6,500 words.
I came up with this routine after reading Marion Roach Smith's The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life. I found this book through Jeff Goins blog when he interviewed Smith. I checked out her website and purchased her book for the Kindle to read over Christmas.
After extracting the Kindle from Hubby's Angry Birds-playing-hands, I finished reading Smith's book before New Year's Eve. She shares wonderful stories to illustrate her points on writing memoir whether it's a book for publication, an essay or a treasured family memory.
Several points in Smith's book struck me as doable for my memoir-in-progress manuscript:
- Start small
- Write with intent
- A punch list for a memoir project
Here's a video from Smith's website:
"The Memoir Project" from Marion Roach Smith on Vimeo.
Here are some recent posts on her site:
- Memoir Writing Resolutions. Number One: No More Writing Exercises
- Writing Memoir: Learning Your Limits — with an example of one of her essays
- Writing Memoir: The First Draft. Wretching and Moaning All the Way. — This explains the vomit draft
- Blog topics include creative inspiration, dog memoir, food memoir, memoir how-to, my memoir writing, news you can use, NPR essays, parenting memoir, recommended memoirs
By the time I read Smith's book, I already decided this would be the year for a completed MIP draft. Her book gave me a nudge to make sure it happens in five pages a day.
Are you trying a new writing method this year or want to share what works for you?