I took a break from binge reading to read one of my favorite writing books, 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron. I don’t love the title, but it’s a short, sweet, to-the-point read. Rachel is all about understanding when, where, and how much you write and get done. Which is why I was reading it, to get inspiration for my writing spreadsheet. I’ve sorted out how I want to record non-writing activities, so yay. Anyway. I love how pro-outlining Rachel is. She says she doesn’t even consider writing a word until she can “taste” the story. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced that, but darn it, I want to!
There’s been a lot of soap-boxing coming across my twitter feed lately. I find these to be confrontational and aggressive, and I have to wonder if all that’s happening is someone is very aggressively preaching to the choir. And if that’s the case, is there really a point? I guess it validates the feelings and opinions of the choir.
My twitter is also full of people pointing out short-changed minorities in the form of “Why are you supporting [A] when your support hurts the feelings of [B].” (Recently, [A] was women’s protests. I am not even kidding)
One of the things I struggle with in my writing/reading community is the constant cycle of admonitions of who gets to feel what and who gets to write what and who gets to tell who how to react to writing. Like, why can’t I just write? Why do I have to be offending someone by the existence of my stories and characters? I try not to think about it. I definitely do not participate in these discussions. I don’t want to know why they start. I don’t want to be told this lack of willingness to engage makes me a bad person.
News is also a turn-off. I’ve pretty much given up following news. I don’t like all of these negative stories being brought before me, telling me what I should care about, and it’s all horrible. The animal cruelty stories make me cut news out of my life faster than anything.
Morning pages? So not happening.